Hothead: Missouri man launches Molotov cocktail at restaurant after getting fired, police say

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Source: MEGA; St. Charles police

May. 4 2021, Updated 9:08 a.m. ET

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A Missouri man upset after losing his job at a restaurant launched a Moltov cocktail at the business, injuring a diner, authorities said.

On April 30, police arrested Rashaad Cotton, 23, and took a 16-year-old girl into custody following reports the pair allegedly were tossing gasoline bombs in St. Charles. 

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Around 6:15 p.m., “witnesses reported Cotton threw a Molotov cocktail in the street, which exploded and caused damage to the front yard of a residence” and stated “he did not care about the neighborhood,” the St. Charles Police Department said. 

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Cotton, the teenager and an unidentified 26-year-old woman then left the scene in a Hyundai, according to authorities.

About 25 minutes later, police said, reports came in about the same subjects throwing a Molotov cocktail at Sauce of the Side, a calzone restaurant. 

In the second incident, a 29-year-old woman sitting on the eatery’s outdoor patio suffered a minor burn to her thigh. 

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About 5 minutes later, police said, the Hyundai the suspects were riding in crashed, and officers responding to the scene pepper sprayed Cotton after he allegedly resisted arrest and placed him under arrest. Police also took the teenager into custody.

Officers interviewed the unidentified woman who was in the crashed car with her infant, and authorities said her involvement in the incidents remains under investigation. 

According to St. Charles police, detectives discovered Cotton was angry after he was recently fired from Sauce on the Side. 

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The first Molotov cocktail incident, police alleged, “was merely to test” the gasoline bomb “in preparation for the future incident at Sauce on the Side.”

Cotton faces charges of arson, assault, and resisting arrest, among others. He was being held on $25,000 cash-only bond at the St. Charles County Department of Corrections.

The teenager was brought to the St. Charles County Family Court Detention Facility. Law enforcement officials did not release her name due to her age. 

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