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Man charged with arson in Duchess Cleaners fire, cleaner announces they will go out of business

Grant M. Ajango
Grant M. Ajango
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A Cedar Rapids man faces charges for arson in connection with the fire at the Duchess Cleaners building on 3905 Center Point Road NE on August 20, 2018.

Grant Michael Ajango, 22, has been arrested and faces one count of 2nd degree arson, and one count of 3rd degree burglary.

Ajango had been previously named as a person of interest in the case when police said a search of a van near the cleaners turned up an iPad and a Mountain Dew can. The iPad was processed for fingerprints, and the device and the Mountain Dew can were swabbed for DNA.

Ajango’s fingerprints matched those found on the iPad, according to a Cedar Rapids Police affidavit.

Ajango also has been implicated in, and previously arrested on charges of burglary and arson in connection with a fire at 1445 First Ave. SE that police say was set intentionally.

According to the criminal complaint for Ajango’s arrest, he allegedly forced entry into the Duchess Cleaners location with the use of a hammer that was left inside the building. He also stole a set of keys to the delivery van where the personal items were found.

Ajango is being held at the Linn County Jail on a $50,000 bond, and will require supervision if released.

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Duchess Cleaners announced on Tuesday that they will be going out of business, ceasing operation on October 31.

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