By Steve Neavling
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II/gov photo
The FBI is investigating what appears to be an attempted fire-bombing of the Kansas, Mo., offices of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An intrusion alarm alerted police to the incident at 2:52 a.m. Thursday at the one-story building at 101 W. 31 St.
“Upon arrival, they observed a window on the northwest side of the building to be broken out. On the ground below the window, they observed two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out the necks of the bottles. There was a chemical odor resembling that of lighter fluid,” according to the city police.
A broken window appeared to be the only damage.
This wasn’t the first such attack.
“This is the second incident within the last six years,” John Jones, Cleaver’s chief of staff said in a prepared statement. “The Kansas City police have completed their initial survey of the scene and we await their report. None of the staff was in the building, and because Congress is in session, Congressman Cleaver is in Washington.”
The FBI said it is investigating.
“We have no arrests yet, but we are very early in the investigation,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton told the Los Angeles Times said.