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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Monday, October 5, 2020
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: Scott C. Blader

Man Charged with Attempted Arson During Civil Unrest in Madison in June

Complaint Filed Today Alleges that Marquon Clark Started a Fire in the City-County Building on June 24

MADISON, WIS. – United States Attorney Scott C. Blader announced today that a Madison, Wisconsin resident has been charged with attempting to damage and destroy by means of fire the City-County Building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard during the civil unrest that occurred in Madison on June 24, 2020.  Marquon Clark, 26, was charged in a one-count complaint filed in U.S. District Court today.

The complaint alleges that Clark threw projectiles through windows of the City-County Building, and then threw a lit roll of paper towels through the broken windows.  The complaint alleges that at the time, the building was occupied by over 250 people, including 182 adults and juveniles being held in the jail.  Clark’s actions led to a fire in the City-County Building that resulted in approximately $105,000 in damages and clean-up costs. 

Clark is in custody at the Dane County Jail.  His initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison has not been scheduled.

“Throwing burning objects into an occupied government building is not protest, it is a crime that places lives at risk,” said U.S. Attorney Blader.  “Those who engage in such conduct without regard for the potentially deadly consequences will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

If convicted, Clark faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Dane County Sheriff’s Office; Madison Police Department; and the Madison Fire Investigation Team. 

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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