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Chicago man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktail at Chinese Embassy

A Chicago man was arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at the People’s Republic of China Embassy in Washington, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday.

Benjamin Grabinski was arrested after being identified as the individual who on Thursday walked into the Embassy, ​​3505 International Drive Northwest, holding a glass bottle with black cloth extending from his neck and attempted to light the fabric on fire before throwing the bottle away. the door and into the building.

He was arrested by Secret Service agents minutes after the attack as he was walking a few blocks from the embassy. He told a law enforcement officer during his arrest, “I tried to turn it on, but it didn’t work,” according to the affidavit.

The affidavit stated that there were probable grounds to find Grabinski “willfully injuring, damaging or destroying, or attempting to injure, damage or destroy, any property – real or personal – located in the United States and belonging to or used or occupied by any foreign government or international organization”.

At the end of May, the same man “continually harassed” a special police officer stationed outside the embassy as security and allegedly threw a rock at the embassy, ​​saying, “Next time it will be a firebomb!”

Another Secret Service agent issued a stop soon after and identified Grabinski by his Illinois state ID card. Grabinski told the officer he traveled from Chicago to Washington to “show his displeasure with the Chinese government,” according to the affidavit.

sahmad@chicagotribune.com

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