The man accused of burning down a Wausau laundromat and flower shop last week was charged with arson Friday afternoon in Marathon County court.
According to court documents Azeez Hakeem, 31, of Wausau, admitted to officers at the scene that he started the fire that destroyed Rainbow Laundry and Blossoms and Bows during the early morning hours of April 9. Both businesses were located near 2nd Ave. S and Clark Street on Wausau's west side.
Officers responded to the fire just after 3:30 a.m. The owner of Rainbow Laundry advised officers that Hakeem was a person of interest in the fire. A short time later an officer recognized Hakeem walking around the neighborhood near the laundromat. After some questioning Hakeem admitted to the officer that he started the fire.