Arlington Police Investigate Molotov Cocktail Incident at Ballston Mall

  • No injuries
  • Mall evacuated
  • Subject at large

ARLINGTON, Va. --- Arlington County Police are investigating an incident today involving a “molotov cocktail” at Ballston Common Mall. At 12:10 p.m., a call came into Arlington’s Emergency Communications Center, reporting that a lit bottle had been thrown into the Food Court from the top level of the mall.

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 40-ounce bottle was filled with an unknown substance, with a fuse attached. The bottle shattered, but there was no explosion or fire. There were no reported injuries. The suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large at this time.

Three additional bottles of similarity were found on the second level of the mall.

Arlington County Police evacuated the mall and established a perimeter when they arrived on scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Police are asking anyone with any knowledge of this incident to call the non-emergency line at 703.558.2222.

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