police are searching for a suspect
responsible for throwing two firebombs
at a Kyrene Corridor home on April 16.
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.
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
“They were trying to burn a concrete
building,” Tim Brown said. “I’m sorry,
that’s not going to happen.”
in the house for nine years, the Brown
family had heard of no such
incidents—until it happened to them, Tim
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.
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.
them are ‘looking into it’,” Tim Brown
parties involved remain stumped as to
who the possible perpetrator or
know anybody that has anything against
me,” Tim Brown said.
real damage was done—except to Tim
Brown’s gardening hose, which he said
still functions—the family feels the
situation is still severe.
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.
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