The man convicted of starting the fire that burned down a historic Duluth synagogue is now considered a fugitive after leaving a treatment facility without permission.
A warrant has been issued for 36-year-old Matthew Amiot, who was last seen at the Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) treatment center on the 100 block of West Second Street. He was there after being sentenced in the arson fire that destroyed Adas Israel Congregation Synagogue on Sept. 9. His family said at the time that Amiot has been homeless for years, and deals with mental illness. He allegedly started a fire to keep warm and it jumped to the old wooden building.
Amiot received a one-year sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud, but the judge stayed that sentence if Amiot would complete a high-intensity chemical dependency treatment.