Caught on Cam: Man Hurls Molotov Cocktail Into NYC Mini-Mart, Sets Clerk on Fire

The suspect had an argument with the store clerk when he was refused credit on beer and cigarettes

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    Police are searching for a man who threw a Molotov cocktail into a 24-hour mini-mart at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough Park just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, April 23. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

    The man who police say set a clerk on fire after tossing a flaming bottle into a Brooklyn mini-mart early Wednesday has been arrested on multiple charges including arson and attempted murder.

    After being questioned at the 66th precinct in Brooklyn, 35-year-old Charles Diaz of Brooklyn was arrested on attempted murder, assault, arson and criminal possession of a weapon charges Thursday. 

    It wasn't immediately clear if Diaz had an attorney. 

    The suspect tossed the bottle into 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Borough park after an argument with a store clerk, police say. The clerk, who returned to work Thursday morning, told NBC 4 New York that the suspect got angry and left when he was told that he couldn't get beer and cigarettes on credit.

    Explosive Thrown Into Store, Setting Clerk on Fire

    [NY] Explosive Thrown Into Store, Setting Clerk on Fire
    Police are searching for a man caught on surveillance video throwing a Molotov cocktail into a 24-hour mini-mart in Brooklyn, setting the clerk inside on fire. Ida Siegal reports.

    The man returned an hour later wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, lit a bottle on fire, threw it into the business and then ran away, surveillance video shows. 

    The 34-year-old clerk's hair and jacket caught on fire. He suffered minor injuries, and the store wasn't badly damaged. 

    -- Jonathan Dienst contributed to this report.