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Bail set at $100K for Hodapp in arson, vehicle theft in Willmar (Minn.) area crime spree

WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 this morning for the 20-year-old Willmar man accused of setting fire to the garage attached to an occupied home last week and stealing four pickups, including two that were set on fire and one that was rigged to run without a driver and crashed along a Willmar street.

Chase John Hodapp made his first court appearance on 13 felony charges including first-degree arson and burglary, plus motor vehicle theft, theft, property damage and receiving stolen property, for a two-week long crime spree in and around Willmar.

His next appearance is May 16 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Hodapp also faces a gross misdemeanor for property damage and two misdemeanors for theft.

Hodapp and Andrew Charles Wyman, 17, are charged in connection to the April 19 to May 3 crime spree. Wyman made his first court appearance on the same set of 15 charges on Friday and is held at Prairie Lakes Detention Center. Prosecutors have filed a motion to have him tried as an adult. The adult certification hearing is June 6.

Assistant County Attorney Dain Olson asked District Judge Michael J. Thompson for a $250,000 unconditional bail and noted that Hodapp poses a serious public safety risk because he set fire to an occupied dwelling.

Olson also cited "a number of very concerning behaviors" outlined in the complaint against Hodapp. He also noted that Hodapp has a juvenile offense involving arson. That information is not public record.

Hodapp and Wyman were arrested May 3 in Waite Park.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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