Man Fire Bombs Store Clerk

POSTED: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 10:59am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

Police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin have released surveillance video showing a dramatic December fire-bombing. The video shows a masked suspect walk into a gas station with a flaming bottle. He throws the fireball at the cashier, nearly missing an innocent customer.

"The fire surprised me," station owner Mandy Boar said. "I mean, they can come with the gun or something. That's normal. But with the fire, I never expected that. It's the first time." The fireball left an indentation on the bullet proof glass that protected the cashier.

The cashier was not hurt, but the Molotov cocktail started several small fires on the store's shelves. "All the candy was burning," Boar said. "It was a big fire." The reason the masked man did this is even more disturbing. Police say the gas station was robbed and ransacked back in 2007.

One of the suspects was arrested then; the other was just arrested in December.
"This incident comes just a few days after the arrest, so investigators believe this could be linked to that," Milwaukee Police Sergeant Mark Stanmeyer said.

Boar also believes this was retaliation. "They came back just to get revenge for whatever. That didn't take anything," Boar said. The fire and the damaged glass will cost her about a thousand dollars.

"I just hope they catch and put him behind bars because this is crazy," Boar said. Luckily no one was injured. Milwaukee Police are still looking for the suspect.