Anoka County man set ablaze by landlord asked, "Why did Adam do this to me?" before dying

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Adam Lilienthal
Andover resident Adam Lilienthal faces second-degree murder charges after his tenant died because of burn injuries sustained when he was allegedly set on fire intentionally by Lilienthal. (Read the backstory here.)

According to the charges, "there had recently been tension" about the living situation between Lilienthal and 55-year-old Scott Yorek, who rented a room in Lilienthal's residence at 1329 137th Lane Northwest. Though the charges don't provide specifics, the dispute was apparently serious enough that Lilienthal thought it was a good idea to douse Yorek with accelerant while he was "lying or standing near a bed in an upstairs bedroom" before setting him ablaze.

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Authorities were called to the scene at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday on reports of a fire. The charging document details the grisly scene they encountered upon arrival:
Deputies discovered a male... lying naked on the step. [Yorek's] clothing had ben burnt off, and it was obvious to deputies that [Yorek] was suffering from severe burns over his entire body. Deputies were able to speak briefly with [Yorek], who stated "I can't believe Adam tried to kill me," and "Why did Adam do this to me?"
"Sloughed skin" was found "in a number of areas in the home," the charges say.

Yorek was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with third-degree burns that covered up to 90 percent of his body.

"On the evening of June 17, prior to being placed in a medically induced coma, [Yorek] reported to medical personnel that the defendant had been the person who started him on fire," the charges say. "[Yorek] later died as a result of the burns in the overnight hours of June 18-19."

Lilienthal, meanwhile, was seen racing away from the scene in a truck. Neighbors told authorities he has a cabin near Virginia, Minnesota, and might have been heading there. He was arrested just south of the St. Louis County town of Orr around 1:50 a.m. the morning after the incident. Officers noted Lilienthal had "significant burns" on his face, chest, and arms.

Lilienthal has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, felony burglary, felony damage to property, obstructing the legal process, and domestic assault. The cross-eyed mugshot of him we used in our previous post about the Yorek incident is from a 2011 DWI arrest, Anoka County Sheriff's Office Commander Paul Sommer tells us.

To read the murder charges for yourself, click to page two.


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Im2funnyForMyShoes
Im2funnyForMyShoes

What a piece of shit you have to be to do this.  Makes me sick knowing im basically neighbors with this scum.  Rot in prison you sick fuck.  My condolences to the victims family.

TC4L
TC4L

Wow.  Those two mugshots look nothing alike.  There's absolutaly no real brain activity going on.  What was his plan?  Start man on fire then leave and all will be forgotten.  Let it be a lesson learned if you rent from someone, there are free backround checks online.  https://cch.state.mn.us/pcchOffenderSearch.aspx Stay away from people with a violent history.  I'm curious on what happens to these houses in cases like this.  Do they just clean up and sell it?

Graham Wellington
Graham Wellington

He is not going to like his new roommate either, in jail and prison where lighters and matches are not allowed.

Steve Krahn
Steve Krahn

I'm so sorry anyone would have to deal with this.

Dave Kjellberg
Dave Kjellberg

Terrible way to die. At least they put him in a coma.

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

CP reports the neighbors told police about the cabin? Oh I'm sure they appreciate that bit! Time to move!

Jonathan Lund
Jonathan Lund

Not quite the same buzz that the other losers mugshot is getting

Mark D. Gengler
Mark D. Gengler

"Some people should die, that's just unconscious knowledge" Pigs In Zen

Jay Saari
Jay Saari

I think he was a renter subletting a room...

Sheldon Casper
Sheldon Casper

Give him a fair trial then burn him at the stake

Tim Torgerson
Tim Torgerson

Andover has its share of crazy bat shit people!!!

Steven Monson
Steven Monson

Agree...bathe him in lighter fluid and light him up.

balance55113
balance55113

He looks like a meth head.Lock him up forever


Dayla Korman
Dayla Korman

How was this guy a landlord with a record like that?!

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

Its in the police report, public domain, the dude will find out in court, but not specifically who it was, but hey, better to fear the consequences and let the guy who just set another human being on FIRE! get away, right? Some would call that cowardly, but my guess is that you'd call it prudent, eh Matty?

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

Yeah, why should we be any different than this psycho, right? Let's all get to his level!

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

So does Minneapolis and St. Paul. Your point?

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

He rented the guy a room in his house, anyone can do it.

henk.tobias0
henk.tobias0

@Jeff55414 He mis-stated it, Anoka county has MORE than its share of bat shit crazies. They elected the queen of crazy how many times?

Jeff55414
Jeff55414

@henk.tobias0 Nice job of trying to politicize this. That type of logic indicates someone with a real basic mentality. What grade will you be in next year?

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