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Bail set at $200,000 in arson case

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Bail has been set at $200,000 for Kenneth Quintin Brown, 36, of P.O. Box 302, White Earth.

He is charged with felony first-degree arson of a dwelling, and felony second-degree arson.

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According to court records:

On June 12 at 3 a.m. a woman called 911 to report a man prowling around her vehicle, which was parked about 10 feet from her house.

Minutes later she called back to report that the man had started her porch on fire and also her car. Inside the house were the woman, two other women, and their pets. They all managed to flee the home as it began burning. The vehicle that was set on fire was a Buick Century.

Investigation allegedly revealed that the person who started the fires was Brown, who the women recognized because he was a neighbor.

Officers did not find Brown when they went to his home, but they learned from his parents that he had not been taking his medication and had been awake for five days. His parents indicated they had to take a gas can away from him earlier in the day.

Sometime later, they reported that he had returned home, where he was arrested without incident.

He was previously convicted of first-degree arson and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in 2004 and third-degree criminal damage to property in 1992.

He appeared June 13 before District Judge Joe Evans, who set bail at $200,000, with conditions that include staying away from the victim's property.

Brown's next court appearance is set for June 23.

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