October 18, 2021

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Molotov is accused of throwing cocktails into the courthouse

Molotov is accused of throwing cocktails into the courthouse

Two men were holding Molotov cocktails after being thrown into a Dakota County government building south of Minneapolis on Friday.

US. The prosecutor’s office announced a federal criminal complaint against Garrett Patrick Ziegler, 24, and Fernandes Cortez Henderson, 32, on Tuesday – scheduled for a formal detention hearing Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, the Apple Valley Police Department responded to a fire at the Dakota County Western Service Center (DCWSC) on May 29 – with court facilities and a U.S. warrant. Passport Center.

Security officials reportedly had “broken windows, smoke and flames” on the west end of the building.

“The location of the incident was consistent with the ingredients used in Molotov cocktails, which contain broken glass jars and glass bottles of liquor bottles, bushbins, welded liquid and burnt red bandanas,” said the US. The prosecutor’s office reported.

Authorities found a set of car keys on the grass near the courthouse owned by the Ford Fiesta, located in a neighboring parking lot.

A search warrant on the vehicle used to produce Molotov cocktails, “A voucher dated May 28, 2020, including bottles of wine, three pandas, partially full and empty boxes with bush pins, empty carton mason jars for the twelve milk brand. “

Officers found an empty lighter liquid bottle, isopropyl alcohol bottles, and “a store voucher for removing nail polish dated May 27, 2020.”

The car was booked to Ziggler.

Henderson and Ziegler were found and arrested by police officers on a road near DCWSC.

The two men said they had participated in the George Floyd protests the previous day and had returned to Apple Valley via Metro Transit, “according to Henderson’s account.” In the affidavit.

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However, police officials determined that Henderson’s account was wrong because the metro traffic closed at 4 p.m. On May 28th.

Henderson and Ziegler were taken into custody Thursday.