Man charged after tossing fire bomb at Utah bank

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 7:12 PM
Man charged after tossing fire bomb at Utah bank

A Utah man has been charged after throwing Molotov cocktails at a Wells Fargo branch.

Joshua Raymond Townsend faces one federal count of attempting to destroy a building used in interstate commerce.

Police arrested the 20-year-old Thursday morning outside the West Jordan bank, about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Authorities say Townsend began planning to bomb a bank about two months ago after ordering explosive chemicals. He decided earlier this week to instead use Molotov cocktails.

Authorities say Townsend called police immediately before throwing the first Molotov cocktail, which failed to ignite. A second one bounced off a window and ignited a bush, which Townsend extinguished by dousing it with gasoline.

Townsend remains jailed pending a hearing Monday. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.