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Arrested for breaking glass at Capitol Hill bank, 19-year-old faces federal bomb charge for ‘Molotov cocktail’ found in backpack

The alleged “incendiary bomb” (Image: The United States Department of Justice)

A 19-year-old from Tacoma arrested with what federal agents say was a Molotov cocktail in his backpack after Seattle Police chased him down for vandalism at a 15th Ave E Key Bank in a Capitol HIll protest march has been charged in U.S. District court.

Sami Horner, who turned 19 in March, is charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device after police say they found the flammable bomb in the backpack Horner was carrying when he was chased down by Seattle Police following Wednesday night’s vandalism and property damage along 15th Ave E.

Here is the announcement on the charges from the United States Attorney Western District of Washington:

According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday night, August 26, 2020, HORNER was identified in a group of people that first assembled at Volunteer Park on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. As the group marched on 15th Avenue East, HORNER was observed smashing windows at a bank branch. HORNER was chased down and arrested. In his backpack law enforcement found a glass bottle with a wick, filled with flammable material. HORNER also carried two lighters, a helmet, a mask with filters, and a walkie-talkie. The glass bottle, more commonly referred to as a Molotov Cocktail, fits the legal definition of an incendiary device.

According to the charging documents and the SPD arrest report, Horner tried to claim he was carrying a backpack for a friend:

(Image: The United States Department of Justice)

Police say they arrested Horner after he was seen with a group of people smashing the Key Bank “causing an estimated over thousand dollars in damage.”

Prosecutors say the bottle of liquid found in the backpack was tested by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “senior explosives enforcement officer” who determined it was “likely designed as a weapon” and that the substance “tested positive for a chemical in the flammable liquid family.”

The charge against Horner joins a flurry of federal legal activity involving Capitol Hill protesters. The Department of Justice announced earlier this week it has charged 19-year-old Desmond David-Pitts of Alaska with arson for his part in a fire set outside 12th and Pine’s East Precinct Monday night.


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Todd
Todd
7 months ago

Why editorialize the terms molotov-cocktail, incendiary bomb, and statements from the ATF with scare-quotes?

RWK
RWK
7 months ago

Nice work, SPD. I hope this criminal is charged and held until trial, and not just let go quickly to do more damage. The SPD/city needs to send a message to these outlaws that they will be held accountable. Not only are they casting a pall over Seattle and other cities, but they are directly providing Trump with more votes. If he wins, the far-left radicals will be partly responsible.

CityOfVagrants
CityOfVagrants
7 months ago
Reply to  RWK

He’s being charged by the feds and they don’t fuck around. He is looking at a long time in prison. It’s unfortunate the feds have had to step in but at this point we’re past riots and this is domestic terrorism.

Whichever
Whichever
7 months ago

Traveled in from the far off land of Tacoma. Makes you wonder sometimes how many of our lovely ‘protestors’ are actually from Seattle? ‘Protesting’ the PD of, and making demands of, a city in which you do not live brings motive into question.

FRO
FRO
7 months ago

Playing with the feds is no joke, see how entitled you are at the Federal Courthouse.

Seaguy
Seaguy
7 months ago

I’m glad the feds are charging him. King county prosecutor would probably just give him a slap in the hand and he’d be free to go back to terrorizing communities he doesn’t live in.

Will
Will
7 months ago

Feel sorry for this kid and his parents. He made a huge mistake.
Shame on all in power who treat this mob of children as if they are justified in anyone’s name to inflict damage onto our community. You are the true enemy.