Authorities have filed criminal charges against the man they say threw two Molotov cocktails at the office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) in Kansas City, Missouri last week.
Eric King was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly breaking a window and throwing two Molotov cocktails that failed to ignite into Cleaver’s office.
According to WDAF, video footage captured King breaking into Cleaver’s office, and Kansas City police identified him while reviewing surveillance tapes for a separate incident involving anti-government graffiti. The Kansas City Star reported that when authorities searched King’s apartment, they found documents that allegedly outline how to firebomb future targets in ways similar to how Cleaver’s office was attacked. Police also say they found a handwritten letter that said “the Missouri congress has been a willing partner in the US governments [sic] capitalist war hungry agenda.”
In a statement, Cleaver expressed gratitude that King had been apprehended.
"Property can be replaced, people cannot. I will be forever grateful that no one was hurt in the senseless attempt recently to destroy my Kansas City office," Cleaver said. "I have devoted my entire adult life to preaching, and hopefully living, the belief that civility supersedes viciousness, and the passion for positive outshines the vehemence of violence. I thank the Kansas City Police Department and the many dedicated law enforcement officers involved in this investigation.”