Man flees in Staten Island after dropping what appears to be Molotov cocktail

Posted at 10:35 AM, Mar 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-15 10:35:32-04

ST. GEORGE, Staten Island — Police are looking for a man who dropped what appears to be a Molotov cocktail in St. George early Wednesday.

Two NYPD officers spotted the man just after 2:50 a.m. near the intersection of Jersey Street and Benzinger Avenue, a police spokesman said. The man was holding something that appeared to be lit and he was standing near a police vehicle.

The officers approached and asked the man to drop whatever he was holding, an NYPD spokesperson said. He dropped it and fled.

Police recovered a bottle from the scene with cloth hanging out of it. There was a substance inside of the bottle. Police plan to test it. No damage occurred during the incident.

The man was last seen wearing dark clothing.

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