Updated Oct. 19, 5:50 p.m.: From an ACPD release:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Mr. Traille with a federal criminal complaint. He will make an initial appearance at 2 p.m. today before United States Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan in Alexandria federal court.
Updated Oct. 19, 10:55a.m.: Release from ACPD:
The Arlington County Police Department has charged Leon A. Traille, Jr., 29, of no fixed address, with the following violations of Virginia State Code:
- Reckless endangerment
- Attempted malicious bodily injury by use of fire
- Use of fire bomb
Traille is scheduled to appear in Arlington County Court this morning for his preliminary hearing. Federal charges are expected to be brought against Traille in the immediate future.
Updated Oct. 19, 7:51a.m.: The Ballston Patch is reporting that charges are pending against a man suspected of dropping a molotov cocktail from the upper level of the Ballston Commons Mall down into the food service area. Here is Arlnow's coverage.
At this hour police are investigating the scene in Ballston Commons Mall where a molotov cocktail was dropped from the top floor down into the food court. Although the bottle shattered, the contents did not explode or catch fire.
The mall has been shut down and east-bound Wilson Blvd. has been shut down near the mall.
Police are reporting now that the explosives were made with gasoline. In a press release they said that the bottle had a fuse attached.
"The initial investigation revealed that a black male with curly hair and wearing a gray jacket stood on the top level of the mall and dropped the bottle into the Food Court," the release states.
One bottle was dropped another three have been found in the mall. Police hope to release a photo of the suspect soon, said public relations officer Dustin Sternbeck.
We will update this as we know more.
Police are asking anyone with any knowledge of this incident to call the non-emergency line at 703.558.2222.