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Firebombs an early-morning wakeup call for Camelot Village

By Matt Stone

April 29, 2006

Tempe police are searching for a suspect responsible for throwing two firebombs at a Kyrene Corridor home on April 16.

Two Molotov-cocktail styled bombs were thrown over the back fence of 1939 E. Diamond Drive in Tempe.

Molotov-cocktails are crude incendiary bombs, with the ones in question being made of soda bottles filled with flammable liquid Handiwipes as fuses.

Asleep at home at the time were Tim, Cheri and Naomi Brown. Naomi is Tim and Cheri’s 22-year-old daughter. The first explosion occurred at about 2:20 a.m., Tim Brown said.

No one was hurt in the incident and the structural damage was limited to cosmetic, Tim Brown said.
“They were trying to burn a concrete building,” Tim Brown said. “I’m sorry, that’s not going to happen.”

Residing in the house for nine years, the Brown family had heard of no such incidents—until it happened to them, Tim Brown said.

When talking with the fire department, Tim Brown said he was informed of a similar incident happening less than a mile away and less than a week earlier to a vacant house at 2003 E. Diamond Drive in Tempe.

With a house backing up to an alleyway, the family investigated the likely staging point of the attack and found a third unused firebomb, the Browns said. Neither the fire department nor the police would take the bomb as evidence, however, stating it was not found in the backyard, Tim Brown said.

“Both of them are ‘looking into it’,” Tim Brown said.

All parties involved remain stumped as to who the possible perpetrator or perpetrators were.

“I don’t know anybody that has anything against me,” Tim Brown said.

While no real damage was done—except to Tim Brown’s gardening hose, which he said still functions—the family feels the situation is still severe.

Tim Brown put out a press release to the media shortly after the incident, highlighting that the crime is considered arson, a class two felony that is punishable by four to seven years in prison.

Both bottles missed a window on the back of the house, which if hit, could have done far more damage, Tim Brown said.

“Just didn’t have enough arm,” Tim Brown said. “Basically, we’re very, very lucky.”

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