Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty To Arson Of St. Paul Car Rental Agency During Riots

ST. PAUL, MN – United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty plea of MATTHEW SCOTT WHITE, 32, to one count of arson. WHITE, who was arrested and charged on June, 29, 2020, entered his guilty plea today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea, on May 28, 2020, WHITE entered an Enterprise Rent-A-Car building located in St. Paul, Minnesota. While inside the building, WHITE and a juvenile accomplice maliciously started a fire inside a back office. WHITE fueled the fire by throwing papers and other flammable items onto the flames. On June 3, 2020, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) examined the scene and determined that the fire was caused by arson and originated from within the structure. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car was totally destroyed by the fire.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted jointly by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the St. Paul Police Department, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley M. Endicott.

Defendant Information:


Minneapolis, Minn.


  • Arson, 1 count

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