Brooklyn Man Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack at Mini-Mart

The suspect had an argument with the store clerk when he was refused credit on beer and cigarettes

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    Police are searching for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail into a 24-hour mini-mart at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough Park just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. (Published Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014)

    The man who police say set a clerk on fire after tossing a flaming bottle into a Brooklyn mini-mart early Wednesday has been arrested on multiple charges including arson and attempted murder.

    After being questioned at the 66th precinct in Brooklyn, 35-year-old Charles Diaz of Brooklyn was arrested on attempted murder, assault, arson and criminal possession of a weapon charges Thursday. 

    Explosive Thrown Into Store, Setting Clerk on Fire

    [NY] Explosive Thrown Into Store, Setting Clerk on Fire
    Police are searching for a man caught on surveillance video throwing a Molotov cocktail into a 24-hour mini-mart in Brooklyn, setting the clerk inside on fire. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 24, 2014)

    It wasn't immediately clear if Diaz had an attorney. 

    The suspect tossed the bottle into 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough park after an argument with a store clerk, police say. The clerk, who returned to work Thursday morning, told NBC 4 New York that the suspect got angry and left when he was told that he couldn't get beer and cigarettes on credit.

    The man returned an hour later wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, lit a bottle on fire, threw it into the business and then ran away, surveillance video shows. 

    The 34-year-old clerk's hair and jacket caught on fire. He suffered minor injuries, and the store wasn't badly damaged. 

    -- Jonathan Dienst contributed to this report.

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