Unhinged man Carlos Espriu, 23, 'FIREBOMBED Republican women's club and tried to burn it to the ground'September 11, 2020
A MAN has been arrested on arson charges after throwing Molotov cocktails through the windows at a women's Republican club in California.
Carlos Espriu, 23, allegedly broke through the windows of the East Valley Republican Women Federated office in La Quinta with a baseball bat on May 31 and lit three Molotov cocktails to set the building on fire, according to Fox News.
Espriu was caught on surveillance cameras coming back after the cocktails failed to light the building on fire, and throwing them again. The second arson attempt was successful, according to reports.
A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for damages from the attack said that the club has been targeted by multiple vandals in recent months.
"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 page said.
The page also said that the club anticipates "more vandalism as the election approaches."
Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze and no injuries were reported.
The suspect was able to evade police for months, however, local police and the FBI Inland Empire Joint Terrorism Task Force closed in on Espriu after gathering tips, the Desert Sun reported.
He was captured after leaving a house party in Indio on Wednesday and charged with arson, attempted arson and property destruction.
He's being held on a $1million bond.
The suspect was reportedly caught in an audio recording telling a woman that he shaved his head after police released surveillance video of him to evade capture.
He also explained that he made the Molotov cocktails by filling three bottles with gasoline and sticking a rag in the opening.
He also reportedly tweeted, "I wanna go burn s*** n get hit with tear gas," just days before the women's club was targeted.
Espriu faces up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum of five, according to Fox.
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