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Man Arrested for Throwing Molotov Cocktail Into Bodega, Police Say

By Aidan Gardiner | April 25, 2014 8:59am | Updated on April 25, 2014 10:11am
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BROOKLYN — A man who hurled a Molotov cocktail into a Borough Park bodega after a dispute with its clerk surrendered to police Thursday and faces attempted murder charges, according to the NYPD and published reports.

Charles Diaz, who lives about a block away, got into an argument with a clerk at the 24-hour grocer at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway about 1 a.m. Wednesday, police said. He left and returned an hour later clutching a flaming bottle that he hurled into the shop, according to police.

Surveillance video shows a man launching a flaming bottle into the shop and tripping over himself and falling to the ground when a fireball explodes inside.

The hair and jacket of the clerk, who was inside at the time, caught fire and he suffered minor injuries, the NYPD said.

Diaz, 35, turned himself in Thursday and was arrested on charges of attempted murder, assault, arson and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

The bodega was still open for business a day after the arson, an employee said.

With reporting by Trevor Kapp.