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US Capitol Police arrest Bernard McCutcheon for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails

A man armed with two Molotov cocktails was arrested near Union Station in Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon after throwing one at officers when he tried to light it, police said.

Bernard McCutcheon, 26, was arrested just after 3:30 p.m. after trying to flee from two officers after throwing the gross device, according to U.S. Capitol Police.

The other Molotov cocktail he dropped was a tequila bottle filled with a sock and a petroleum-based fire accelerant, according to authorities.

Police do not believe McCutcheon targeted any congressman or the US Capitol. He was also not involved in any protest, police said.

Two other bottles of liquid in his book bag were also found at the scene, police said. The two Capitol Police officers were treated for minor injuries.

Bernard McCutcheon was arrested near Union Station in Washington, DC
Bernard McCutcheon was arrested near Union Station in Washington, DC
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“Thankfully they will be fine,” Acting Deputy Police Chief for Uniformed Operations Sean Gallagher said in a statement. “We appreciate their quick action which has undoubtedly made the community safer.”

McCutcheon, of Washington, DC, was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of possession of a Molotov cocktail and one count of assault with a deadly weapon.

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