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Man faces federal charges for alleged arson at Rockford business last May

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford man has been indicted by a federal jury for allegedly starting a fire at a business last May.

Sean Cardenas is charged one count of maliciously damaging and destroying, and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire at the Burlington Coat Factory on E. State St.

Authorities say it happened on May 30 during a series of looting calls in Rockford, after a protest turned violent in the city.

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Cardenas was taken into custody Thursday and pleaded not guilty in his arraignment.

Cardenas was ordered to be held in federal custody until a detention hearing on January 19, 2021, at 11:30 a.m.

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