Crime blotter: vigilante parking enforcement

class=img_thumbleft>Last Tuesday, at approximately noon, Brooklyn Park police officers were called to 8249 Newton Avenue to investigate a vehicle fire. According to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court, responding officers observed a 1990 Toyota Camry with blackened windows. A smoldering gas can sat next to it.

After the fire was extinguished officers spoke with George Omari Nyagaka. The 28-year-old Brooklyn Park resident allegedly told police that he had set the car on fire because it had been parked for too long in front of his house. He further claimed that the owner of the vehicle practiced witchcraft and was trying to harm him by leaving the car in front of his house.

Nyagaka is charged with one count of second degree arson.