AUSTIN August 18, 2015 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced that the suspect wanted in connection with the investigation into the vehicle arson at the Texas State Capitol on August 7 was arrested Wednesday evening in Iowa.

Michael Patrick Wagner, a 38-year-old resident of Iowa, was arrested by the Marion Police Department for an unrelated charge in Linn County yesterday. At the same time, DPS officers – two Texas Rangers and a Criminal Investigations Division Special Agent – were traveling to Iowa with an arrest warrant from Texas for a second-degree felony (arson).

“Thanks to great police and investigative work by local, state and federal law enforcement in Texas as well as our partners in Iowa, we are pleased to announce that the suspect in this case has been arrested,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Visitors and employees at the state capitol can be assured that DPS works hard to keep them safe, and when a crime does occur, DPS works quickly to identify and locate those responsible.”

Wagner is currently being held in the Linn County Jail on an unrelated charge, and extradition proceedings related to the Texas warrant are pending.

DPS investigators followed up on numerous leads related to the vehicle arson and were able to identify Wagner’s vehicle through a capitol complex parking ticket. Wagner’s vehicle information ultimately led investigators to Linn County.

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