Arsonist arrested in dumpster fire outside Texas attorney general’s office
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - UPDATE: The arsonist seen in the video has been arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
According to the Texas Attorney General, a 42-year-old woman has been charged with criminal mischief equal to or greater than $25,000 but less than $30,000.
The fire has been deemed as being set unintentionally, as the woman was seen discarding a cigarette into the dumpster, stated Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement.
The Austin Fire Department is investigating a dumpster fire outside the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Firefighters responded to a call Wednesday evening that a dumpster was on fire.
Attorney Ken Paxton turned the video over to authorities as it comes amid a corruption investigation into Paxton.
“The person of interest is the individual that appears in a white jacket and some type of head covering in the video that does not have flames in it,” tweeted the Texas Attorney General account.
We are looking to identify a person of interest in an arson. Please contact the Austin Fire Department if you have information that can help solve this crime. pic.twitter.com/Xb5MaWquSd— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) May 25, 2023
The Texas House General Investigative Team is looking into Paxton’s request for $3 million of public money to pay a settlement between him ad terminated whistleblowers.
Paxton denies all wrongdoing.
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