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Posted September 2, 2009 | 1 Comment
Firebombed car leads to three arrests
Police say woman was targeted for cooperating in a federal investigation
By J.R. Williams -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- Several people have been arrested and charged in connection with the firebombing of a woman's car parked outside a city home, police said.
Kevin "Green Eyes" Grayson, 31, Caressa Cain, 25, and Johnny Toussaint, 27, all of the 2400 block of Papermill Road, Winchester, were arrested Friday night, Winchester police Sgt. Amanda Baker said.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in the court, city fire and rescue crews responded to a home on North Kent Street about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, where it was reported Molotov cocktails were thrown at a car from another vehicle.
Firefighters arrived to find three Molotov cocktails on fire, it says. The firebombs were made from beer bottles, rags and lighter fluid, the affidavit states.
Baker said minimal damage was reported to the car. No one was injured.
Witnesses told police that three people each threw a firebomb from the car, which they say was carrying seven people. Winchester police detective F.L. Myrtle states in the search warrant that the woman's car was targeted because she was cooperating with authorities in a federal investigation.
Several people had made threats to the woman the night before at a West Virginia nightclub, the affidavit states.
Baker referred questions on the federal matter to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives official. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Shortly before the incident, the affidavit says, Toussaint gave money to an accomplice to purchase .22-caliber bullets and the lighter fluid required to make the firebombs.
Witnesses told police they heard Toussaint make death threats, it states.
A clerk at the Wal-Mart on Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester refused to sell the ammunition at about 4 a.m., it says, and Toussaint's accomplice returned with only lighter fluid.
Police searched Toussaint's home at Townside Apartments, 2401 Papermill Road, on Friday. Investigators seized a cell phone, a bag of suspected marijuana and an identification card bearing Grayson's name.
Grayson is charged with arson, identity fraud, obstruction of justice and possession of marijuana.
Cain is charged with arson and obstruction of justice.
Toussaint is charged with arson, obstruction of justice and an unrelated contempt of court charge.
Grayson and Toussaint are being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond. Cain was released on bond from the facility Monday.
Winchester Fire Marshal Gary Ganoe did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday.
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