Capitol, Buda car fire suspect back in Texas

Michael Patrick Wagner

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Michael Patrick Wagner, the suspect connected to car fires at The Capitol and in Buda is back in Texas and in the Travis County Jail, according to the Department of Public Safety.

38-year-old Wagner is an Iowa native and was awaiting extradition back to Texas after being identified by DPS as being at the scene of a car fire on August 7.

Wagner was then connected to a fire set on a Buda police patrol unit on August 10.

Wagner was arrested in Linn County, Iowa on August 13. The question now is motive.

“That’s the million dollar question,” said Buda Police Bo Chief Kidd. “I hope we’ll have answers in the weeks to come.”

Wagner is being held on a $250,000 bond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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