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Charges filed against 2 for arson during Madison protest in August

Charges filed against 2 for arson during Madison protest in August

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Charges have been filed against two people for attempting to damage and destroy two buildings with fire during an August protest in Downtown Madison, U.S. Attorney Scott Blader said Wednesday.

Anessa Fierro, 27, and Willie Johnson, 45, both of Madison, were each charged in two-count complaints. The complaints allege Fierro and Johnson broke glass windows and doors in two commercial buildings, poured liquid from a gasoline container into the buildings and attempted to light them on fire during the Aug. 25 protest.

Anessa Fierro


Willie Johnson


According to the complaints, the two successfully started a fire at one of the buildings and were trying to start a fire at the other — which at the time had some occupied residential apartments — when Madison police officers arrived.

Fierro and Johnson were identified through video surveillance and arrested Wednesday. Their initial court appearances had not yet been scheduled.

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