Apartment fire leads to arson charge

A 20-year-old Minneapolis woman allegedly attempted to burn her way into

Quintel Carlena Terrell

Quintel Carlena Terrell

the apartment of a Brooklyn Center man Jan. 26 in the 6100 block of Beard Avenue North.
Quintel Carlena Terrell was in the apartment of a man in the building, identified in the criminal complaint as E.W.R., the evening of Jan. 26 and left without her eyeglasses. Brooklyn Center Police Commander Tim Gannon said Terrell met the man the day before she was at his apartment.
The man asked Terrell to leave his apartment, but she returned later and pounded on the door while yelling to retrieve her glasses, according to the BCPD criminal complaint.
He continued to ignore the woman until he noticed fire under the door of his apartment, according to the complaint. Emergency responders had to rescue the man from the window of his apartment due to the heavy smoke surrounding the door.
Terrell told police officers that she remembered the man had oxygen tanks inside the apartment and decided to start the fire as a way to get inside, according to the criminal complaint.
Terrell also told police she placed her clothes in front of the apartment door and poured rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer on the pile before setting it on fire.
According to the complaint, Terrell left the building without notifying other residents about the fire and purchased cigarettes at a nearby gas station. She told police she did not care if others were hurt as a result of her actions.
Gannon said one resident was injured with a minor cut after the fire and some people were displaced from their apartments for a short amount of time.
Terrell is charged with felony first degree arson, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and the possibility of a $20,000 fine.

Contact Katy Zillmer at katy.zillmer@ecm-inc.com

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