Man tosses Molotov Cocktail in liquor store

calliquorsCALVERTON – A 22-year-old Laurel man has been arrested and is facing at least six charges after he threw a “Molotov Cocktail” inside a liquor store.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night, an adult male, who Prince George's County Fire Officials have identified as Kevon Robert Edwards of the 9500 block of Muirkirk Road in Laurel, walked into the Calverton Liquor Store in the 11700 block of Beltsville Drive and threw a Molotov Cocktail inside the store.

Edwards is being charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, and second-degree arson, along with other charges.

“Some of the liquid, which a source said it was lighter fluid, ignited the clothing of two employees, causing burns to the body,” said Mark Brady, a spokesperson for Prince George's County Fire Department. “Both men were transported to a burn unit where one remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The second patient was treated and released.”

The entire incident was captured on store surveillance video and “tells a clear story of what happened,” Brady said.

The incident was a result of some type of ongoing dispute between Edwards and the liquor store. A Prince George's County police officer on routine patrol in the shopping center who witnessed Edwards fleeing the scene was able to apprehend him until fire investigators from the county fire department arrived. Investigators from Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Office of the Fire Marshal have police powers in Prince George's County.

Court records show Edwards has been arrested a number of times in the county for disorderly conduct, first and second-degree assault, attempted robbery, and other charges.

Fire loss is estimated at $2,000 and the incident remains an open and on-going criminal investigation.

Edwards is being held at the County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro without bond pending trial.

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