Arson Suspect Charged in Pure Pleasure Fire
ST. CLOUD -- The suspect in Thursday's arson fire at the Pure Pleasure adult bookstore in St. Cloud has been officially charged. Thirty-two-year-old Cody Mann of Sauk Rapids has been charged with two counts of 1st Degree Arson in Benton County District Court.
A witness told police he had given a man carrying a gas can a ride to the bookstore. The driver dropped him off at Pure Pleasure, thinking he owned one of the cars in the lot and had run out of gas.
Police say after Mann entered the store, he told the employee inside "I'm gonna burn this place down. I'm sick of this store". Surveillance video captured Mann pouring gas on magazines and videos in four different locations inside the store, then lighting them on fire.
The clerk ran outside and called the police. The clerk and the driver who brought him there watched Mann as he exited the store and pointed officers toward the Americanna Inn where he was arrested nearby.
An estimated $380,000 in damage was done to the interior of the building, which received heavy smoke and heat damage. Damage to the building is estimated at about $55,000 with the loss of furniture and inventory estimated at $325,000.
The building is considered a total loss.
Mann is being held in the Benton County Jail until he appears at a bail hearing Monday.
Mann's past criminal history shows charges from 2014 when he allegedly skinned and baked his pet cat in the Monticello area.