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Suspect in AZ Dems' office fire has mental health history

Prosecutors say the man accused of setting fire to the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic headquarters has severe mental health issues. Photo/AP.
Posted at 1:04 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 16:04:40-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors say the man accused of setting fire to the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic headquarters has severe mental health issues.

Prosecutors said during an initial appearance Wednesday that the father of 29-year-old Matthew Egler had been trying to get him mental health treatment. When given the chance to speak, Egler asked for the name of a Secret Service agent who interviewed him because he “passed a note to Ivanka Trump."

Egler, who lives in Peoria, faces one count of arson of an occupied structure. He was ordered released on a $75,000 bond. The Associated Press was not able to locate an attorney for him Thursday.