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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Grand Jury indicts St. Louis woman for conspiracy to commit arson for burning of St. Louis 7-Eleven on June 1, 2020

ST. LOUIS – Nautica Turner, a 26 year-old female from St. Louis, made her initial appearance before the Honorable Shirley P. Mensah in federal court today in relation to the charge of conspiracy to commit arson. 

The indictment charges that on June 1, 2020, Turner conspired with others to maliciously damage and destroy, by means of fire, the 7-Eleven building located at 201 North 17th Street, a building used in interstate commerce.  Among other things, the indictment alleges that the conspirators participated in the destruction and looting of the 7-Eleven building.  The indictment further alleges that Turner poured an ignitable liquid on the 7-Eleven building, ignited a box and threw the box in the building, and that Turner committed other acts.    This offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and or a fine of $250,000.

The charge set forth in the indictment is merely an accusation and does not constitute proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the St. Louis County Police Department Bomb and Arson Unit and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives. 

Updated October 22, 2021