Man arrested for attacking Capitol police with Molotov cocktail

A man was arrested in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday for throwing a bomb at Capitol police.

Bernard L. McCutcheon, 26, was found to be in possession of two Molotov cocktails, Fox News reported.

Man attacks Capitol police with Molotov cocktail

The Capitol police shared a terse news release that gave little detail on the suspect or his possible motive.

Around 3:30 p.m., police were called to Massachusetts Avenue, NW, just west of North Capitol Street. The location is near Union Station, not far from the Capitol.

The suspect threw a Molotov cocktail at police while trying to light it. He began to flee, but police chased him down. The suspect dropped a second Molotov cocktail on the ground.

The device was made with a tequila bottle stuffed with a sock and a liquid later determined to be a petroleum based accelerant. Police recovered a backpack with two more bottles of liquid.

“Both of our officers were treated for minor injuries. Thankfully they are going to be ok,” said acting Assistant Chief of Police for Uniformed Operations Sean Gallagher. “We appreciate their quick action that, without a doubt, kept the community safer.”

Attack receives muted coverage

Capitol Police said the suspect did not appear to be targeting the Capitol or Congress members and that his actions were not tied to any protests in the area. Molotov cocktails are a popular weapon with left-wing anarchists.

The man was charged with two counts of assaulting police, one count of possessing a Molotov cocktail, and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The attack has received muted press coverage as Democrats continue to put on a televised spectacle about the January 6th Capitol protest.

No Molotov cocktails were used during the Capitol “insurrection,” and just one bullet was fired — which killed an unarmed Trump supporter, Ashli Babbitt. The Capitol police officer who murdered Babbitt was cleared without being interviewed.

A black nationalist killed a Capitol police officer and wounded another in a car attack last year that was quickly suppressed and forgotten by the media.

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