A man who tried to attack the Democratic Party’s headquarters in Texas County earlier this week was arrested Friday and charged with arson.
Katie Naranjo, president of the Travis County Democratic Party Told reporters on Wednesday The man, who wore a bandana with an American flag, tried to use a Molotov cocktail to damage the office building.
Naranjo described the threatening letter as saying the suspect was of “political nature” at the scene.
Police arrested 30-year-old Ryan Faircloth in connection with the incident after an informant’s tip. Faircloth left a shocking post on his Facebook page, matching the letter found at the scene, which directed the informant to the police, According to the local NBC affiliated station.
Faircloth was also captured on a surveillance video of him walking near the building around 2:00 a.m. with a bottle in his hand. The video shows him covered with an American flag, throwing a bottle in the direction of a building, causing a fire and a small explosion.
He is charged with third-degree felony arson and possession of a prohibited weapon. As of Friday, its bonds were set at 40,000, According to the local CBS station.
If convicted of both charges, Faircloth could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to 20,000, the newspaper said.
Cynthia Van Manen, executive director of the Travis County Democratic Party Told Insider She is grateful that no one was injured in the incident.
“We are grateful to our neighbors who saw the flames and acted swiftly, and to investigators who acted swiftly to identify and arrest the suspect,” she said.