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CLAYTON • A Missouri Baptist University student and former missionary has been charged with setting four parked cars on fire on and near campus earlier this month.

Andrew Wos, 21, of the 5200 block of Sunflower Drive in Eureka was charged today with four counts of knowingly burning or exploding after Creve Coeur police say he set four cars ablaze on two parking lots at the university on May 1.

Two cars were reported burning at about 4:30 a.m. that day at the university near Highway 40 and Conway Road. One of the vehicles was a university-owned Honda Pilot. The second vehicle was owned by a student. It was a Ford Escape that sustained fire damage on the rear driver's side.

About five hours later, two more cars were reported burning at the neighboring Covenant Theological Seminary at 12330 Conway Road, with charred leaves and other vegetation stuffed into the cars' gas tank openings, according to court documents.

The two vehicles at the seminary included a 2001 Nissan Frontier and a 2000 Chevrolet Impala, according to court documents.

Wos' father told police that his son had admitted to setting the fires, according to the documents. Creve Coeur police Lt. Jon Romas said Tuesday that he did not know Wos' motive.

A Jan. 18 article about international students published by the Timeline Online student news source at Missouri Baptist University said Wos was a St. Louis native who lived as a missionary in Cape Town, South Africa, for 12 years.

“I love MoBap. I like the size; I think it’s just right. I enjoy the level of athleticism on the campus and the general sporty vibe and enthusiasm at games,” Wos told the newspaper. “I'm glad I'm at a Christian university where Christ is proclaimed and worshipped daily.”

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