Husband charged with arson after burning wife’s Homeland Security vehicle

A Park Rapids man is facing arson charges for burning his wife’s vehicle.

According to the release from Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes, deputies responded to a call of a car fire southwest of Park Rapids in Straight River Township Friday morning.

Officers found a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox fully engulfed in flames upon arrival. The caller was apparently on the scene and advised a male there said he just burned his wife’s Homeland Security vehicle.

Fifty-one-year-old Robert Ecker was taken into custody on suspicion of arson, and was later arraigned on charges of second degree arson.

Ecker’s wife is reportedly employed by the state, and works in the Department of Public Safety in the division of Homeland Security.

The investigation is ongoing.

Eckers was arraigned Monday, and unconditional bail was set at $20,000, and at $10,000 with conditions. He is next due in court on Monday, July 27.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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