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.