For Immediate Release
ATF Increases Reward for Couple on the Run to $20,000
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now offering an increased reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to the apprehension and conviction of a man and woman who are wanted in connection with several St. Paul business fires during the recent unrest in Minnesota.
Jose Felan, Jr., a felon with multiple convictions, was captured on video igniting fires at numerous locations in St. Paul, including the Gordon Parks High School that serves disadvantaged youth. His accomplice, Mena Dyaha Yousif, is believed to be helping Felan evade police. Therefore, ATF is now offering an increased reward to apprehend both individuals. ATF originally offered $10,000 for apprehension of the couple.
ATF delegated apprehension responsibilities to the U.S. Marshals and is directing all tip information directly to them in relation to the apprehension of the couple. The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for fugitive investigations.
“These two have evaded law enforcement for a couple weeks now and we are hoping the increased reward will encourage those who know these individuals’ whereabouts to come forward,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge William Henderson of the St. Paul Field Division. “We are pleased to be working in close coordination with the Marshals on this case. We’re confident with their help we’ll be able to bring these two to justice.”
“The U.S. Marshals continue to work closely with ATF and all our federal, state and local partners to apprehend those that choose to violate the safety and security of people in Minnesota,” said U.S. Marshal Mona Dohman of the District of Minnesota. “We are calling on anyone with information on the whereabouts of Felan and Yousif to contact us immediately.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these two is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or use their web/mobile reporting app: www.usmarshals.gov/tips. Information eligible for reward must aid in the arrest and conviction of either or both individuals.
In addition to working with the U.S. Marshals on this case, ATF is also in close coordination with the St. Paul Fire Department, St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.
ATF is the federal agency with jurisdiction for investigating fires and crimes of arson. For more information about ATF, go to www.atf.gov or follow @ATFHQ on Twitter. Follow @ATFStPaul on Twitter for ATF updates in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin.
Below are photos of Felan and Yousif
Felan has a distinctive mole on his outer left arm and a tattoo with the name “Mena” with a large crown on the inside of his right forearm. Video footage is also available.