Austin Man Charged with Throwing Molotov Cocktail

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AUSTIN – The man wanted for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a church near the Capitol Complex on Aug. 31 has been arrested. Eleazar Dushimimana, 21, of Austin, was arrested Sept. 8. His arrest is the result of two Crime Stoppers tips, and multiple rewards will be paid.

Dushimimana is charged with felony arson of a place of worship and felony possession of a prohibited weapon. He was arrested following an investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Austin Fire Department and the University of Texas at Austin Police Department, and booked into the Travis County Jail.

Dushimimana’s charges stem from an incident on Aug. 31, in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a church on 13th Street and Lavaca Street between 1 and 1:30 a.m. DPS Troopers responded, but the suspect had already fled on foot. Read more about the crime, and see photos, here.

Earlier this month, Texas Crime Stoppers offered a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of this individual. Texas Crime Stoppers, which is funded by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division, offers cash rewards to any person who provides information leading to the arrest of a suspect responsible for a particular crime.

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