PHOENIX — Prosecutors say the man accused of setting fire to the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic headquarters has severe mental health issues.
During an initial court appearance in Phoenix on Wednesday, prosecutors said the father of 29-year-old Matthew Egler had been trying to get him mental health treatment.
They cited Egler’s claims on social media to be Ivanka Trump’s husband and the father of her child as further evidence of possible mental illness.
When given the chance to speak, Egler pulled out a piece of paper that he said was a waiver from the U.S. Secret Service to look at his medical records. He also asked for the name of a Secret Service agent who interviewed him because he “passed a note to Ivanka Trump — one of many notes that I have passed to her.”
Egler, who lives in Peoria, faces one count of arson of an occupied structure. He was ordered released on a $75,000 bond.
The Associated Press was not able to locate an attorney for him Thursday. And a message left at a cellphone number for a family member was not returned.