United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal
criminal complaint against BRYCE MICHAEL WILLIAMS, 26, charging him with
conspiracy to commit arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third
Precinct. WILLIAMS, who was arrested on June, 16, 2020, made his
initial appearance earlier today before Magistrate Judge David T.
Schultz in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
According to the allegations in the complaint, on the night of May
28, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct was overrun
and heavily damaged due to vandalism and arson. Investigators with the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) identified
multiple separate fires had been started in the building. Investigators
were able to identify WILLIAMS in surveillance video footage from the
Third Precinct. WILLIAMS, wearing a mask, a baseball cap, and a hooded
sweatshirt, can be seen in the video standing near the entrance of the
Third Precinct holding a Molotov cocktail while other individuals
attempt to light the wick.
According to the allegations in the complaint, ATF investigators also
reviewed videos that were posted on WILLIAMS’s TikTok account on May 28
and 29, 2020. In one of the videos, WILLIAMS can be seen standing in
front of the burning Third Precinct building wearing clothing consistent
with the clothing WILLIAMS was wearing in the Third Precinct
surveillance video. In another video, WILLIAMS’s face is clearly visible
and he appears to be in close proximity to the Third Precinct building.
The ATF and FBI urge the public to report suspected arson, use of
explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the
recent unrest. Anyone with information specifically related to the Third
Precinct fire or other business fires in the Twin Cities can call
1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email ATFTips@atf.gov or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.
In addition to fires, the FBI is looking for people who may have
incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material
or tips can call 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos
This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the
Minneapolis Police Department, the Staples Police Department, the Todd
County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Central
Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, and the Minnesota State Fire
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Harry M. Jacobs and David P. Steinkamp.
The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and
the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.