Delaware County

Sheriff's Officer Hit by Molotov Cocktail While Serving Warrant in Delaware County Released from Hospital

The suspect then barricaded himself inside the home

It's a birthday full of gratitude for a sheriff's officer injured when he was hit with a Molotov cocktail while serving a warrant in Collingdale.

Sgt. Nick Maraini, who turned 33 years old Thursday, was released from Crozer-Chester Medical Center Thursday afternoon. He's home nursing second-degree burns to his legs sustained when the crude incendiary device exploded on him.

Maraini was attempting to serve the warrant around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home along S. MacDade Boulevard when a man threw the flaming bottle filled with gasoline out the front door, officials said.

Delaware County Sheriff's Sgt. Nick Maraini is recovering after being hit with a Molotov cocktail while serving a warrant in Collingdale. Fellow officers came to visit him in the hospital.

"How do you defend yourself when you have a bomb thrown at you? You can't. It's a weapon of mass destruction," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said.

The suspect, identified by police as Jeromy Jones, was arrested after a brief standoff. 

Jones was arraigned Thursday on multiple counts each of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, arson and aggravated assault. He was sent to jail on $1 million bail and will undergo a mental health evaluation.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for August 22.

Jeremy Jones Collingdale Walk
Jeremy Jones said he "never tried to kill anybody" as he was led off to jail Wednesday night in Collingdale, Pa. Police said Jones threw a Molotov cocktail at a sheriff's officer trying to serve a warrant.
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