Missouri man charged with setting Jefferson City Walmart fire

Sunday, February 7, 2010 | 7:26 p.m. CST; updated 7:44 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 7, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A mid-Missouri man has been charged with setting fire to the paper towel aisle at a Walmart in Jefferson City while holding a child.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported that 18-year-old Henry Medina of Holts Summit faces one count each of second-degree arson, misdemeanor stealing and misdemeanor child endangerment.

Authorities said in the probable cause statement that authorities identified Medina using store video surveillance tapes from Wednesday evening, when the incident occured.

The video shows Medina walking around inside the store with a child while starting the fire. The same child is with Medina as he takes a bottle of alcohol from the store and conceals it while leaving.

Police said Medina admitted setting the fire.

The building was evacuated as the fire was extinguished.

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