Elkridge man charged with throwing Molotov cocktail at Ellicott City tavern

Diamondback employees told police man had been kicked out prior to incident

September 12, 2014|By Kevin Rector | The Baltimore Sun

A 24-year-old Elkridge man was arrested Friday after police said he threw a Molotov cocktail at an Ellicott City tavern where employees had thrown him out for disorderly conduct.

Kenneth Norman Conway, of the 6800 block of Sanctuary Court, was charged with arson, property damage, use of a destructive device and possession of incendiary material in the incident after an investigation led police to his house, Howard County Police said.

About 35 people were inside the Diamondback Tavern in the 3700 block of Old Columbia Pike early Friday morning when Conway allegedly pulled a vehicle in front of the bar and tossed the Molotov cocktail, police said. The homemade incendiary struck a sidewalk railing and bounced into the street, causing a small fire there. Diamondback employees extinguished the flames, and no one was injured, police said.

Police were called to the tavern about 1:20 a.m. Employees there identified Conway and said he had been thrown out of the bar about an hour earlier for disorderly conduct, police said. They also identified his grey hatchback sedan.

Police went to Conway's home, where a matching vehicle was in the driveway. While they were there, Conway arrived and was taken into custody without incident, police said.



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