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FBI investigates vandalism at Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s Kansas City office

Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building. On the ground below the window were two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottle.
Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building. On the ground below the window were two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottle. The Kansas City Star

Police responding to an intrusion alarm at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s Kansas City office early Thursday found two broken bottles resembling Molotov cocktails.

The alarm sounded about 2:50 a.m. at the office of Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, at 101 W. 31st St.

Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building.

On the ground below the window were two broken liquor bottles — one rum and one Jagermeister — with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottles, police said.

They resembled Molotov cocktails, and the paper towels appeared to have been ignited but extinguished during flight, police said.

The only damage was the broken window. There was no fire damage to the building.

“This is the second incident within the last six years,” said John Jones, Cleaver’s chief of staff. “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.”

All of Cleaver’s offices were open for business Thursday.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the agency was investigating the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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