- A Texas man was arrested on Friday in connection with the fire-bombing of a Democratic Party office and was caught on security video wearing a flag mask.
- “This person was not happy with the current political climate,” Austin Fire Department arson investigator Captain Jeffrey Deane explained at a press conference.
- County Democratic Party Chair stated, “Any individual who wraps themselves in the flag and espouses racism, hate, bigotry, and commits violent acts, is a domestic terrorist.”
“A Texas man has been arrested in connection with the fire-bombing of a country Democratic Party office that was caught on video earlier this week.
Ryan Faircloth, 30, stands accused of arson and possessing a prohibited weapon. He is currently being detained at the Travis County Jail in Austin after being arrested on Friday. He also has a federal charge pending according to the Austin American-Statesman.
In the footage, a man wearing an American flag bandana on his head along with a face mark, black shorts, dark tennis shoes and a gray t-shirt can be seen throwing an object at the front of the building.
Roughly four-and-a-half minutes later, the same man can be seen walking in front of the same building with a dark brown bottle in his left hand. Another seven minutes-plus pass and the same man can be seen running back the way he came. Just before the scurrying culprit makes his way off camera, a small but noticeable flash of light appears in the right-hand corner of the footage. Within seconds, visible licks of flame can be seen in the corner of the windows and spreading…”
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