WAPELLO, Iowa — A Wapello man was arrested on Tuesday in alleged connection with a fire that destroyed a hay bale clothed as a Minion, an animated character from the film "Despicable Me," in downtown Wapello.

Emmanuel Nunez Diaz, 21, was arrested at his residence on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in connection with a fire that took place in the early morning hours on Oct. 27, according to a press release from the Wapello Police Department.

In addition to destroying the hay bale Minion, the fire also damaged a city light pole, according to the press release.

Nunez Diaz has been charged with second-degree arson, a class C felony, and third-degree criminal mischief, an aggravated misdemeanor.

He was taken to the Louisa County Jail where he is being held on a $12,000 bond.

—Emily Wenger of the Muscatine Journal

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