Man Arrested In Molotov Cocktail Attack On Austin Dems’ HQ

A rock remains on the floor at the Travis County Democratic Party office on East 6th Street in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, after someone threw a rock and an incendiary device into the building. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

(AP) — Investigators in Texas have arrested a man suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail into the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters in Austin. The attack early Wednesday was caught on surveillance video.

Thirty-year-old Ryan Faircloth was booked Friday at the county jail, where he remained Saturday. Federal court records show he is charged with arson and attempted arson.

nvestigators received a tip leading to Faircloth’s social media. Information found online and other evidence led arson investigators and the FBI to make the arrest. Video showed the suspect was wearing an American flag bandana at the time of the attack. Officials say he also left a letter that included the threat, “Consider this a “light” warning.”


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