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Escaped arsonist and burglar from Willmar was arrested Tuesday

NEW LONDON -- An escaped arsonist and burglar from Willmar was apprehended and arrested Tuesday afternoon at a rural New London residence.

According to a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Andrew Charles Wyman, 18, was arrested at 4:34 p.m. Tuesday on an outstanding warrant after he walked away Feb. 19 from the non-secure unit at the Prairie Lakes Youth Program in Willmar.

Wyman is now being held at the secured unit of the Prairie Lakes Youth Program pending his next court appearance.

He was sentenced, as a juvenile, in September to Prairie Lakes Youth Programs for his role in the two-week crime spree of stealing and destroying vehicles and setting fire to a Willmar home.

According to the apprehension and detention order issued by District Judge Kathryn N. Smith in Kandiyohi County District Court, Wyman and his roommate left the Prairie Lakes non-secure unit. The pair were in bed at lights out, but were gone when the facility's staff checked on them sometime later.

They had hidden clothing in their beds to make it look like they were asleep. Wyman's roommate is not named in the order.

Wyman's sentence included a stayed adult sentence of 75 months in prison on the first-degree arson, to be imposed only if he doesn't comply with the juvenile sentence. He was also ordered to pay $100,000 in restitution in the case.

Wyman's extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence included 167 days at Prairie Lakes' secure unit, 280 hours of community service work and probation until his 21st birthday.

The order notes that Wyman completed the 167 days as ordered and had been transferred to the non-secure unit. He was receiving chemical dependency treatment and aftercare. He was also attempting to complete his GED.

Wyman's accomplice in the two-week crime spree last year, Chase John Hodapp, 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Feb. 20 to 39 months in prison. He was also ordered to pay $39,219.54 in restitution and $450 in fines.