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Martinsburg man arrested after destructive device thrown at McDonald's

April 12, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man was charged with second-degree arson and other charges Tuesday after a device similar to a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a window of a McDonald's on Apple Harvest Drive, Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster said.

Nicholas Hart Dudley, 19, also was charged with possession of a destructive device, criminal use of a destructive device and wanton endangerment involving a destructive device, Lemaster said.

Dudley was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night.

Authorities were notified a little after 4 p.m. Tuesday that someone had thrown a glass bottle at a window of the restaurant, Lemaster said.

The bottle had a flammable liquid inside and had a rag stuffed in the top of it, Lemaster said.

A small fire started when the bottle hit the window, causing some minor damage to concrete outside the restaurant Lemaster said.

"The intent is the biggest thing," Lemaster said.

The suspect started running along some railroad tracks near the restaurant after the incident, Lemaster said.

Two witnesses started chasing the man, and an off-duty sheriff's deputy at the scene identified the man, the sheriff said.

The suspect was eventually apprehended by a Martinsburg Police Department officer, Lemaster said.

Lemaster said he did not know of a motive for the incident, or if Dudley had any connection to the restaurant.

Lemaster said he did not know what type of flammable material was in the bottle.

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