Bernard L. McCutcheon has been arrested in Washington, D.C., after he threw a molotov cocktail at them while he was trying to light it. McCutcheon faces charges including assaulting a police officer, possession of a Molotov cocktail, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Two United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers were able to locate McCutcheon at about 3:30 p.m. after it was reported that he was in possession of Molotov cocktails on Massachusetts Avenue NW. McCutcheon in very close proximity to Union Station, the U.S. Capitol building, Judiciary Square, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
After McCutcheon threw the Molotov cocktail, he tried to get away but failed. In the process of taking McCutcheon into custody, he dropped a tequila bottle. The USCP Hazardous Material Response team found that the liquid inside of the bottle was a petroleum-based accelerant.
After recent protests and calls to violence, there’s a greater reason to be on edge about explosives near major government buildings across the nation, especially in Washington, D.C. Even though there is no indication that the man was targeting the U.S. Capitol or Congress members, a Molotov cocktail is a specific instrument that is used to cause harm, damage, and even death in a wide target.
Capitol Police said, “Both of our officers were treated for minor injuries. Thankfully they are going to be ok. We appreciate their quick action that, without a doubt, kept the community safer.”
According to Capitol News Service Maryland, “By April 19, 2021, all violent crime in Washington D.C. was at 961 cases. By April 19 of this year, violent crime had already reached 1,230 cases — an almost 28% increase.”