The man who threw a Molotov cocktail at the Democratic Party headquarters in Austin is charged with arson

A man who attempted to attack Texas Democratic Party headquarters last week was arrested and charged with arson on Friday.

Katie Naranjo, leader of the Travis County Democratic Party, told reporters on Wednesday that the man, wearing a scarf with the American flag, tried to use a Molotov cocktail to damage the office building.

Naranjo also described a threatening note that the suspect left the scene as “politically natural.”

Following a tip from an informant, police arrested 30-year-old Ryan Faircloth in connection with the incident. Faircloth left an offensive post on his Facebook page, matching the note found at the scene, which directed the informant to police, according to a local NBC affiliate station.

The faircloth was also allegedly captured on surveillance video walking near the building around 2:00 a.m. with a bottle in his hand. The video shows him, with his face covered with an American flag, throwing the bottle toward the building, igniting a fire and small explosions.

He was charged with second-degree felony arson and third-degree felony possession of a prohibited weapon. As of Friday, his bond is set at $ 40,000, according to a local CBS station.

If he is convicted on both of the charges, Faircloth could spend up to 30 years in prison and could be fined up to $ 20,000, the news outlet said.

Cynthia Van Maanen, executive director of the Travis County Democratic Party, told Insider that he is thankful that no one was injured in the incident.

“We are grateful for our neighbors who saw the fire and acted quickly, and for investigators who acted quickly to identify and arrest the suspect,” he said.


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