Seattle – A felon from Georgia was arrested Wednesday, charged in federal court in Seattle with arson and weapons crimes for his conduct during civil unrest in downtown Seattle.
Court records say on May 30, Tyre Means, Jr. was captured on video starting a fire in the back of a Seattle Police patrol car that was completely destroyed.
After he lit one patrol car on fire, Means is seen on video reaching through the shattered rear window of a different patrol car and removing a rifle bag. A subsequent video shows him in a fight with another man while an unidentified man picks up the rifle bag and walks away. Later that day the rifle was anonymously returned to the Seattle Police West Precinct.
Means is prohibited from possessing firearms due to two felony convictions in the state of Georgia.
Arson is punishable by 5 to 20 years in prison. The firearms charges are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.