Flag-wearing man throws Molotov cocktail into Austin Dems HQ

The Detroit News

Austin, Texas – An arson investigation was underway after a man wearing an American flag bandanna threw a Molotov cocktail into the headquarters of the county Democratic Party in Austin.

The incendiary device did not ignite when it was thrown at the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters at about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Austin Fire Capt. Brandon Jennings said. A small stack of papers was set on fire, but that was quickly put out by employees of a neighboring business using a fire extinguisher.

A rock remains on the floor at the Travis County Democratic Party office on East 6th Street in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, after someone threw a rock and an incendiary device into the building.

No one was in the office at the time, Travis County Democratic Party Chairwoman Katie Naranjo said, but the incident was caught on security cameras. A note was left with a politically motivated threat, Naranjo said.

“Anyone who wears an American flag as a bandana and then throws a Molotov cocktail … into a building and leaves a note, a threatening note, is a coward,” she said.

Austin Fire Department arson investigators Lt. Steven Silverthorn, left, and Lt. Kelly Gall investigate at the Travis County Democratic Party office on East 6th Street in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, after someone threw a rock and an incendiary device into the building.

Authorities did not release the contents of the note.

The man in the video is also suspected of vandalizing a Travis County administrative building a few hours later, Jennings said.