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McDonalds Arson Suspect Remanded

Today the American media reported the remanding of an American environmentalist, Chris McIntosh, who is accused of involvement in an arson against a McDonalds a couple of years ago. The action at the time was claimed jointly by the ELF & ALF.
Please send urgent letters of support to:

Christopher McIntosh 30512-013
FDC Philadelphia
Federal Detention Center
P.O. BOX 562
Philadelphia, PA 19106
USA

In case you are interested in the media reports, below is a copy of one of
the media reports.

> SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER
>  http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/212412_mcdonalds17.html
>
> McDonald's blaze suspect held
>
> Thursday, February 17, 2005
>
> By CHRISTINE FREY
> SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
>
> A 22-year-old New Jersey man suspected of setting fire to a Seattle
> McDonald's two years ago in the name of environmental and animal rights
> organizations was arrested yesterday in Philadelphia.
>
> Christopher McIntosh, who will be brought to Seattle by federal marshals,
> is believed to have ties to the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal
> Liberation Front, groups that authorities consider to be domestic
> terrorism threats.
>
> He is accused of setting fire to a fast-food restaurant near the Space
> Needle in the early morning of Jan. 20, 2003, causing about $5,000 worth
> of damage, according to a complaint filed last month in U.S. District
> Court in Seattle.
>
> Someone called the Seattle arson tip line later that day and said ELF and
> ALF were responsible for the fire, providing details that authorities
> believed only the perpetrator would know.
>
> "There will be more," the caller said. "As long as mother Earth is
> pillaged, raped, destroyed. As long as McDonald's keeps hurting our furry
> brothers, there will be more."
>
> Investigators connected McIntosh to the arson based on fingerprint and DNA
> evidence left on a can of spray paint and sunglasses found at the scene of
> the fire, according to the complaint.
>
> Records from a Seattle youth center also show that someone using
> variations of the name David McIntosh -- the name of McIntosh's brother,
> which he used as an alias -- stayed there in January, and McIntosh
> acknowledged being in Seattle that month, the filing said.
>
> A former girlfriend also told investigators that she served as a lookout
> for McIntosh when he set the fire.
>
> McIntosh, who has arrest records in Oregon, California, Wisconsin and
> Illinois, was arrested yesterday when a police officer recognized him
> walking on a Philadelphia street.
>
> He appeared in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia; a Seattle court date
> has not yet been set.
>
> If convicted of arson, McIntosh faces at least five years in prison and a
> $250,000 fine.
>
> The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case.
>
> ELF claimed responsibility for the 2001 firebombing of the Center for
> Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington, and the group is
> believed to have set house fires in Snohomish County last year.
>
> Although a small group of people are responsible for such crimes, stopping
> serial arsonists is a high priority for the government, said Andrew
> Freidman, assistant U.S. attorney.
>
> "It's something that we take seriously," he said. "Catching anyone is an
> important step in the right direction and a good step toward solving the
> problem."
>
> P-I reporter Christine Frey can be reached at 206-448-8176 or
>  christinefrey@seattlepi.com
>
> 1998-2005 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
>

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