AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Police Department identified and charged an Auburn man who was connected to the fire at Toomer’s Corner on Sunday morning.
Jochen Wiest, 29, was arrested early on September 25 on a warrant charging him with desecration of a venerable object, Auburn police said.
The arrest was the result of an investigation by Auburn Police after a report of someone setting fire to the one of the oak trees at the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue.
Wiest, who is not affiliated with the university, developed as a suspect and was immediately taken into custody while still in the area on an unrelated charge of public intoxication, according to a statement from Auburn police.
Weist was identified as the individual responsible for setting the fire after further investigation. A warrant was obtained, Wiest was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail on the prior charge. His bond was set at $1,000.
The charge is Class A misdemeanor in the state of Alabama and can carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to a $6,000 fine.
The Auburn police department is encouraging anyone with information on the case to call detectives at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.