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Authorities searching Va. apartment of Molotov cocktail tossing suspect

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Leon Alphans Traille Jr. Leon Alphans Traille Jr.
ARLINGTON, Va. -

Federal agents, Arlington police and fire personnel are searching the apartment of the man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at Ballston Common mall, a source familiar with the investigation has told FOX 5.

The source says authorities have been in the area at the 2300 block of 11th Street North in Arlington, Va.

Leon Traille Jr. has been charged with reckless endangerment, attempted malicious bodily injury by use of fire and use of fire bomb.

The 29-year-old recently moved into the apartment building, which is blocks away from the mall.

No one was injured during Thursday's incident. Police evacuated the mall after the bottle shattered.

A court affidavit states that there was a flame, but the bottle did not ignite. Three similar bottles were found on the mall's second level. Authorities described it as a "rude, crude incendiary device" that smelled like gasoline.

Traille was arrested a few hours later near the Courthouse Metro station.

Traille made his initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria on Friday afternoon. He was ordered held until his next court date on Monday.

On Traille's Facebook page, it says he graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Georgia State and has lived in Staten Island, N.Y. and the D.C. area.

LINK: Read Charging Documents


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