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Two arrested after Molotov cocktail hits St. Charles restaurant

Two arrested after Molotov cocktail hits St. Charles restaurant

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ST. CHARLES — A St. Louis County man and a teenage girl were arrested Friday evening after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails in a St. Charles neighborhood, and then at a restaurant.

Shortly after the incident at the St. Charles location of Sauce on the Side, a calzone restaurant, police arrested Rashaad Cotton, 23, along with a 16-year-old girl from St. Charles, who police did not identify.

Cotton was recently fired from Sauce on the Side and "was angry over his termination," according to St. Charles police.

Police said the fiery course of events began around 6:15 p.m., when witnesses reported seeing Cotton throw a Molotov cocktail in the 3400 block of Greiner Drive, in St. Charles. Reports state that Cotton threw one of the exploding devices in the street, causing damage to a residential front yard. He then drove off in a silver Hyundai Elantra with the 16-year-old girl and another woman, police said.

Police say that initial toss was done "merely to test the Molotov cocktail."

About 20 minutes later, "the same subjects" threw a Molotov cocktail at the St. Charles restaurant, police said, injuring a woman, 29, seated on the patio, who suffered a minor burn to her thigh.

Just five minutes later, another report came in, stating that the suspects' Hyundai had crashed near the Bass Pro Shops on North 5th Street. Police used pepper spray to arrest Cotton there, and ran into some trouble: They said numerous citizens surrounded officers, "making it difficult to control the scene." Two officers suffered minor injuries to their hands while working to get Cotton into handcuffs.

Cotton was charged with arson, multiple counts of assault and armed criminal action, among other offenses.

At the time of the arrests, a 26-year-old woman was also a passenger in the Hyundai, along with her infant child. Her involvement in the incident is still under investigation, police said.

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