Andover man dies after allegedly being set on fire by roommate

The 55-year-old Andover man who was allegedly set on fire by his landlord and roommate died.

Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Scott David Yorek. He was pronounced dead 1:58 a.m. Thursday morning, June 19 at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

A 29-year-old Andover man is in custody. Charges have not been filed, and ABC Newspapers does not identify suspects until they are charged by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies were dispatched to an Andover home in the 1300 block of 137th Lane NW 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 on a report of a possible house fire.

Deputies found Yorek severely burned inside the home. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center’s burn unit with 80 percent of his body covered in burns, according to the sheriff’s office.

An alert was sent out statewide to law enforcement agencies. It was believed the suspect had access to a cabin near Orr. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the suspect while he was driving. He had minor burns on his face.

Deputies had responded to a landlord and tenant dispute at the Andover home earlier the evening of June 17. No crime had been committed and the people involved agreed to separate, according to the sheriff’s office.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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