Fort Worth, Texas police announced this morning that they have made an arrest in the firebomb attack on the office of Democratic state senator Wendy Davis, says a report at NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.com. Cedric Steele, 40, has been arrested on charges of arson of a building and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
The attack came Tuesday night. Steele is accused of trying to light multiple “Molotov cocktails” (glass bottles filled with accelerant) outside Davis’s office door. The devices created a small fire that was extinguished by staff members who where present at the time.
Witnesses say that Steele had visited the senator’s office on March 16 and March 19 demanding to speak with her. When he was told that Davis was not in the office, Steele became agitated and threatening, telling staff that they would soon “read about him on the news.”
Police said that witness reports and physical evidence led them to Steele’s place of residence, a vacant building where officers found an empty lighter-fluid can, wicks and other materials used to create an incendiary device. Steele was arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store and taken into police custody.
Davis issued a statement this morning thanking the Fort Worth Police and Fire Departments for their swift action. “Working together, they did something quite remarkable less than 24 hours after this incident occurred,” she said. “They have done superior work and have demonstrated once again why we call them Fort Worth’s finest.”
The senator’s office will re-open for business on Thursday morning.