LOS ANGELES – Last year, a 20-year-old Nishiyama man set fire to a sushi restaurant in Santa Monica and pleaded guilty to federal charges this week.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Micah Tillmon has defended possession of unregistered destructive devices, especially incendiary devices, a charge punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison.
Court documents show that at the time of the verdict on December 6, Tilmon is expected to be ordered to pay more than $500,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the defendant also faces multiple charges of robbery and commercial theft. However, the federal case is proceeding first.
Authorities stated that Tilmon used a self-made burning device to light a sake house on the corner of Santa Monica Avenue and Fourth Street on May 31, 2020, during a protest in an apparently organized robbery neighborhood. The protest was aimed at condemning George Floyd in Minneapolis a week before the death of the detainee.
According to documents submitted to the Los Angeles Federal Court, the restaurant’s security video showed that Tilmon removed “a red tubular object from his jacket, which he placed behind the restaurant’s reception area before walking away. A few seconds of that action. Within the bell, smoke and flames appeared in the area.”
Investigators from the Santa Monica Fire Department determined that the fire was caused by objects Tilmon placed in the restaurant. Santa Monica police detectives confirmed his identity, and they viewed a large number of security videos and social media posts.
According to an affidavit submitted in the case, when investigators discovered the video footage, Tilmon was also related to the fire. The video footage showed his white Ford Explorer parked next to the sake house four minutes before the fire started, and then in the fire. Reversing across the street shortly after the start.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the same video appears to show the explorer parked about 500 feet from the sake house, Tilmon got off the car and robbed a nearby business.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times