Man Accused of Burning Down Estranged Wife’s Salon

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A 33-year-old Frenchtown man accused of burning down his estranged wife’s beauty salon hours before he was due to respond to her divorce filing has been arrested on charges of arson, violation of a protection order and criminal mischief.

Shawn Robin Gawronski was arrested near the Gifted Hands salon in Frenchtown after firefighters responded to the blaze at about 3:40 a.m. Monday. The Missoulian reports he was booked into the Missoula County jail with a suggested bail of $50,000.

Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Maricelli says authorities have responded to reports of vandalism to vehicles belonging to friends and relatives of salon owner Jennifer Warner, Gawronski’s estranged wife. She says Monday was the deadline for Gawronski to respond to her divorce filing and she had a restraining order against him.

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