FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police have arrested a homeless man they say set bottles filled with lighter fluid ablaze outside the Fort Worth offices of Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis.
Cedric Steele was arrested in a parking lot late Tuesday, hours after staffers inside Davis' office opened the door to find burning bottles and waist-high flames.
Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said Wednesday that Steele had been known to frequent the area and visited the senator's office on Friday and Monday.
Steele asked to speak with Davis, who wasn't there. Staffers said Steele responded by saying they would soon, "read about him in the news."
A senator since 2009, Davis was not in the office during the attack.
She said fierce verbal tirades against elected officials can sometimes help incite real violence.