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Suspect in Capitol vehicle arson arrested


Law enforcement administrators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that a suspect wanted in connection with an investigation of a vehicle arson at the Texas State Capitol on August 7 was arrested the evening of Wednesday, August 12, in Iowa. The Courier published an account of the vehicle fire on Thursday, August 13.
Michael Patrick Wagner, a 38-year-old resident of Iowa, was arrested by the Marion Police Department for an unrelated charge in Linn County. At the time of the suspect's arrest, DPS officers - two Texas Rangers and a special agent with the Criminal Investigations Division - were traveling to Iowa with an arrest warrant from Texas for a second-degree felony on the suspected arson.
"I applaud the Department of Public Safety for swiftly and successfully capturing the suspected arsonist believed to have set fire to a vehicle at the Capitol," said Gov. Gregg Abbott in a written statement. "I look forward to the suspect's extradition to Texas to face justice."
Abbott continued, "I am grateful for the department's collaborative work with local and federal authorities in this effort and the department's continued service to ensure all those working in or visiting the Texas Capitol feel safe and protected."
Wagner is currently being held in the Linn County Jail on an unrelated charge, and extradition proceedings related to the Texas warrant are pending.
Following up on numerous leads related to the vehicle arson, DPS investigators identified Wagner's vehicle through a capitol complex parking ticket. The suspect's vehicle information ultimately led investigators to Linn County.
"Thanks to great police and investigative work by local, state and federal law enforcement in Texas - as well as our partners in Iowa - we are pleased to announce that the suspect in this case has been arrested," said DPS Director Steven McCraw.
"Visitors and employees at the state capitol can be assured that DPS works hard to keep them safe, and when a crime does occur, DPS works quickly to identify and locate those responsible," McCraw added.
No other details are available at this time.