FORT WORTH — Police are trying to identify the man who entered the West 7th office of State Sen. Wendy Davis Tuesday afternoon and threw two firebombs just outside the door.Sen Wendy Davis
Two staffers were in the third floor office when the attack occurred around 4 o'clock. One of them had to leap over the flames to escape, then went to the break room, grabbed an extinguisher and put out the fire.
Investigators said Sen. Davis was not in the office at the time of the incident, but was at her law office closer to downtown Fort Worth.
A staffer told News 8 the Democratic lawmaker was alerted about what happened and that security at Davis' other local office was tightened as a result.
No one was hurt, but the lawmaker's office was damaged by the fire.
A maintenance worker chased the suspect, according to witnesses.
The Fort Worth Fire Department Arson/Bomb Squad was investigating the attack and trying to identify the man behind the attack.
There's NO known correlation whatsoever at this time, but it should be noted that Sen. Davis is both a Democrat and an ardent supporter of Planned Parenthood, as described in this March 10 article on WFAA:
State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) made a very personal plea, telling the crowd that she used services from Planned Parenthood years ago when she was a single teenage mom.
"I, like many poor women, relied on that as my only sole source for health care," she said.
Davis worries that 130,000 women may suddenly lose cancer screenings and contraceptive services because of the battle over funding Planned Parenthood.
Texas wants to stop giving money to the agency because it provides abortions.
But the federal government has warned it will yank $35 million in funding to Texas if that happens, money that pays for exams and screenings — not just by Planned Parenthood, but other clinics across the state.
"The consquences of tha is being vastly underestimatd by the Republican administration," Sen. Davis said.
- Senator Wendy Davis: District 10 profile page
- An article from an anti-choice website referring to Sen. Davis' proposals as 'hostile' and 'pro-abortion'.
- A Texas tribune article describing how Sen. Davis fought valiantly for the rights of women during one particular session.
6:42 PM PT: From KWTX: Anthony Spangler said two staffers were inside the office at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when a fire alarm went off and a strange odor filled the office. He said one person opened the door to find flames up to her waist. Another person ran to grab a fire extinguisher and put out the flames. No one was injured.
One man was arrested late Tuesday in connection with an attack on the Fort Worth office of State Sen. Wendy Davis, authorities said.
The man was picked up about 11 p.m., said Capt. Tom Crow, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was detained just hours after someone left what Davis described as a "homemade incendiary device" outside the door of her third-floor offices in the So7 development.
A staff member used a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire with waist-high flames.
Police declined to release further details but a news conference was scheduled for 10 a.m.
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The man arrested for throwing a homemade firebomb at the office of a Texas state senator's office told the staffers they would "soon read about him in the news," according to Fort Worth police.
Officers arrested 40-year-old Cedric Carmond Steele around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, about seven hours after the attack on the W. 7th Street office of State Sen. Wendy Davis.
Steele visited the office on Friday and Monday, asking to speak with Davis, who was unavailable, according to Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead.