Police: Man admits to setting fires at Sioux Falls home

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Ahmed Mohamed Arson Mug Shot(Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 25, 2022 at 12:24 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Police say a man has admitted to setting several fires at a Sioux Falls home where his ex-girlfriend lived.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Ahmed Amir Mohamed in connection to Monday morning’s fires, according to police spokesperson Sam Clemens.

In a police briefing Tuesday morning, Clemens said Mohamed’s ex-girlfriend gave police his name as a possible suspect.

Clemens said Mohamed did not resist arrest, and admitted to setting the fires. He is charged with first-degree arson and is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

Crews responded to a vehicle fire outside a home in northeast Sioux Falls early Monday morning. A few hours later, they responded to a fire inside the same home.

Investigators believe the house fire started with Mohamed throwing an ignited Molotov cocktail into the living room window. Seven people were in the house, including a 1-month-old baby. Everyone was able to get out of the home safely.

No further information was found on how the car was set on fire.

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