Fugitive linked to Seattle arson arrested

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle says 31-year-old Justin Solondz was arrested in Chicago Wednesday following his expulsion from China, where he had been serving a prison sentence on drug charges.

Solondz is alleged to have built the firebombs that started the $6 million blaze in Seattle. The former student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., is charged with conspiracy, arson, making an unregistered destructive device and using a destructive device during a violent crime.

He will make his first court appearance in federal court in Tacoma once he is transported from Chicago.

The UW fire bombing was part of a string of arsons across the West by the radical environmental groups, the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.