ST CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A man has been indicted on multiple charges after throwing lit Molotov cocktails at a St. Charles business.
Rashaad Cotton, 23, was charged with one count of arson, fist and third-degree assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. According to the indictment, Cotton faces a maximum punishment of at least five years, but no more than 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 for the arson charge. He also is facing a maximum of 10 years an a fine of up to $10,000 for the destructive device charge.
St. Charles City police officials said Cotton was driving around throwing lit Molotov cocktails just after 6 p.m. on April 30. Police said the man threw a lit one from his car's window in a residential area near Cole and Greiner. It landed in someone's yard. He then entered a silver Hyundai Elantra with the 16-year-old and another woman and drove off.
Cotton then threw another one at Sauce on the Side on Beale Street in the shopping plaza near the Drury. Police said a 29-year-old man was sitting on the patio and suffered minor burns to his thigh.
Heather Kraleman and her husband were eating outside of Sauce on the Side in St. Charles when they were caught in the mess of a man throwing Molotov cocktails at the restaurant. The couple said it started when they heard a woman scream.
About five minutes later, police got a report about the Elantra crashing at to the Bass Pro shop at North 5th Street. Police said Cotton resisted arrest and officers had to mace him to get him into custody. Two officers suffered minor injuries to their hands trying to arrest him.
A 16-year-old girl was also taken into custody. Police said a 26-year-old woman and her infant baby were also in the car. Her involvement is still unclear.
Police said all of this was because Cotton was recently fired from Sauce on the Sauce and he was angry about it. The first bomb he threw in the residential area was a test one to make sure the Molotov works.