Faircloth was arrested on Friday and remained in custody on Saturday in
connection with a Molotov cocktail attack on the headquarters
of the Democratic Party‘s county office in Austin, Texas. Faircloth is believed
to be the man seen on surveillance video wearing an American flag bandana when
he threw the Molotov, according to jail records.
30, faces federal charges of arson and attempted arson, according to court
documents. The documents didn’t say whether Faircloth had an attorney yet, the
Associated Press reported.
County Democratic Party headquarters was empty when it was attacked at around 2
am on Wednesday and only a small stack of papers caught fire, according to the
officials. The blaze was quickly extinguished by employees of a neighboring
received multiple tips after releasing the surveillance video, according to a
complaint filed in federal court by FBI task force officer Ryan Metcalf. One of
the tips led to Faircloth’s social media.
found online and other evidence led arson investigators and the FBI to arrest
Faircloth who, while being questioned, admitted he built the device and left it
at the building, according to the complaint.
described using a wine bottle, gasoline, and a sock to construct the device. He
admitted knowing that gasoline is flammable. He further confirmed his
participation in the events,” the complaint states, according to AP.
arson investigator Captain Jeffrey Deane said on Friday that the attack was
person was not happy with the current political climate. He blamed this office
and who they represent for a lot of the issues that he saw as problems with the
country. He was forthcoming and confessed to that,” Deane was quoted by
the Associated Press as saying.
said in court documents that Faircloth left a note at the scene that mentioned
states and a city with Democratic majorities or Democratic federal lawmakers.
It then stated, “One thing you can’t have is Texas,” and
“Consider this a “light” warning,” according to a photograph
in the document.