A person seen on surveillance video sporting an American flag bandana when he threw a Molotov cocktail into the headquarters of the Democratic Party’s county workplace in Austin remained in custody Saturday, based on jail data.

Ryan Faircloth, 30, was arrested Friday and faces federal fees of arson and tried arson, based on court docket paperwork. The paperwork did not say whether or not Faircloth had an legal professional but.

No one was within the Travis County Democratic Party headquarters when it was attacked at round 2 a.m. Wednesday and solely a small stack of papers caught fireplace, officers stated. The blaze was shortly extinguished by staff of a neighboring enterprise.

Ryan Wayfair is accused to setting ablaze the Travis County Democratic Party's headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Ryan Wayfair is accused to setting ablaze the Travis County Democratic Party’s headquarters in Austin, Texas.


Investigators acquired a number of suggestions after releasing the surveillance video, based on a grievance filed in federal court docket by FBI job pressure officer Ryan Metcalf. One of the ideas led to Faircloth’s social media.

Information discovered on-line and different proof led arson investigators and the FBI to arrest Faircloth who, whereas being questioned, admitted he constructed the machine and left it on the constructing, based on the grievance.

“He described using a wine bottle, gasoline, and a sock to construct the device. He admitted knowing that gasoline is flammable. He further confirmed his participation in the events,” the grievance states.

Austin Fire arson investigator Capt. Jeffrey Deane stated Friday that the assault was politically motivated.

“This person was not happy with the current political climate. He blamed this office and who they represent for a lot of the issues that he saw as problems with the country,” Deane stated. “He was forthcoming and confessed to that.”

Authorities stated in court docket paperwork that Faircloth left a word on the scene that talked about states and a metropolis with Democratic majorities or Democratic federal lawmakers. It then said, “One thing you can’t have is Texas,” and “Consider this a “mild” warning,” based on {a photograph} within the doc.