Carlos Espriu, of Palm Desert, allegedly broke windows with a baseball bat at the office before lighting three Molotov cocktails on fire.
Carlos Espriu of Palm Desert allegedly broke windows at the office before lighting three Molotov cocktails on fire. (Riverdale County District Attorney’s Office)
Surveillance video captured the assailant coming back to the office after the bombs didn’t light – he threw them again causing the building to catch fire.
A video of the attack was posted on the office’s Gofundme page that raised almost $9,000 to help pay for increased security.
“The terrorizing goes on. Their headquarters have experienced increased hostility, including: multiple harassing phone calls daily, eggs thrown at the windows, and drive-by shouting accompanied by obscene gestures,” the GoFundMe page said.
Espriu tweeted, “I wanna go burn s— n get hit with tear gas” days before the incident.
A California man, 23, has been charged with attempted arson for the May 31 firebombing of the East Valley Republican Women Federated office in La Quinta, according to reports. (Google Street View)
Authorities also said he told a woman in June, captured on audio recording, about how he made the bombs and shaved his facial hair to hide his identity after surveillance video was shown on media.
He faces up to 20 years in federal prison, with a mandatory minimum of five.