Gwinnett County, GA – Three people tracked two Georgia law enforcement officers to their homes and set their patrol vehicles on fire using Molotov cocktails on Thursday night.
The first incident occurred outside a home in Duluth sometime after 10 p.m., WSB reported.
Police received a 911 call that a Gwinnett County Police Department car was on fire at that location, but it had successfully been extinguished by the time officers arrived.
Witnesses told police they spotted three black males running away from the scene, WXIA reported.
A short while later, a second 911 caller called police to report that someone tried to set a patrol car on fire in Lawrenceville, according to WSB.
Officers arrived to find a fire burning on the ground behind the cruiser and doused it with a fire extinguisher.
The rioters had also put two dents in the vehicle, WXIA reported.
Witnesses told police that a dark-colored car fled the area after the attack.
“We’re very lucky that they were unsuccessful in starting any fires to our police cars that could cause any significant damage,” Gwinnett Police Department Corporal Michele Pihera told WSB.
Lawrenceville police soon located the suspect vehicle, which was being driven by Alvin Joseph, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
Joseph, 21, had also been arrested at a protest at Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville on May 30, after officers used a Taser to subdue him.
He was released from jail hours after his May 30 arrest.
Lakaila Mack, 20, was also riding in Joseph’s car after the firebombing attacks on Thursday.
She was taken in for questioning, and was subsequently arrested, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
Investigators from the Gwinnett Arson Unit, the Gwinnett Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked throughout the night to locate and apprehend the third suspect, 21-year-old Ebuka Chike-Morah.
Investigators executed search warrants on Chike-Morah’s vehicle and the vehicle Joseph had been driving, and located more accelerant that matched items used for the Molotov cocktails inside one of their cars, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.
Joseph has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, interference with government property, and two counts each of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, criminal trespass, possession and manufacturing a destructive device, and first-degree arson, WXIA reported.
Chike-Morah and Mack have been charged with two counts each of interference with government property, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, criminal trespass, possession and manufacturing a destructive device, and first-degree arson.
Police said that the windows of a third patrol vehicle parked outside another officer’s residence near Lawrenceville were found busted out early Wednesday morning, but that incident was not connected to the firebombing attacks, WXIA reported.