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Duluth man charged with throwing Molotov cocktails from liquor store roof

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A 21-year-old Duluth man was arraigned today on three charges in connection with allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails from the roof of the Shanty Bottle Shop on East Fourth Street on Tuesday night.

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Casey James Hollis is charged with possessing an explosive/incendiary device and first-degree criminal damage to property, both felonies, and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint filed in State District Court, Hollis apparently threw one Molotov cocktail onto the street and one into a parking lot.

Duluth police arrived on the scene at 1231 E. Fourth St. at about 11 p.m.; a Border Patrol agent was already there. Officers said they saw Hollis kick out a light fixture affixed to the front of the building.

Hollis was taken into custody without incident. He told officers he made sure there were no cars or people around where he threw the burning bottles.

“I would harm myself before ever harming anyone else,” Hollis told the officers, according to the complaint. He admitted kicking the light. A vent on top of the roof was the only other damage caused by the incident.

The Molotov cocktails were made from Crown Royal bottles with rags inside which were used as ignition strips for the bottles which contained gasoline.

Hollis consented to have his residence searched. Officers found a five-gallon bucket filled with gasoline that the defendant used to fill the bottles.

The defendant’s bail was set at $5,000 and he was referred to probation for potential supervised release. His next court hearing is scheduled for May 29.

Article written by Mark Stodghill of the Duluth News Tribune

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