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Man accused of setting ex-girlfriend's car on fire

A man recently sentenced to prison for a Nov. 30 incident in which he fled police, then engaged in a 2 1/2-hour standoff with officers has been accused in Olmsted County District Court of setting a woman's car on fire the same morning.

Kevin Paul Kurz, 39, was charged on Tuesday with second-degree arson after allegedly pouring gasoline on his ex-girlfriend's car and setting it on fire after they had an argument. 

According to the complaint, Kurz ordered the woman out of the Honda Civic in northwest Rochester at around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 30, telling her, "I'm going to burn your car."

The woman then took a taxi to the 10 block of Ninth Street Northeast, where she found her car on fire at around 4:15 a.m. The car, which was valued at $1,900, was totaled, according to the complaint.

Later that morning, Kurz fled a police officer in a car, then went inside an apartment in the 1000 block of North Broadway, leading to a standoff with police.


He later pleaded guilty to fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and Judge Edward Bearse sentenced him to 18 months in prison.

Kurz's first appearance on the arson charge is scheduled for July 2.

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