3 juveniles charged after Molotov cocktails are thrown at 2 cars

CLOVER -- Three juveniles have been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature after police say they threw Molotov cocktails at two cars on Bethel Road.

Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, a Bethel Road resident who was driving near her home saw a flaming bottle come out of the woods and explode in the roadway behind her car. Officers collected the remnants of the bottle, a paper towel used as a fuse and an open packet of sunflower seeds left near a tree at the edge of the woods, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

About an hour and 15 minutes later, the woman's sister, who also lives on Bethel Road, was the target of a second attack, according to another Sheriff's Office report.

The second Molotov cocktail, also thrown from the woods, landed in front of the her car, setting the road and grassy shoulder ablaze, the report stated. The woman and some neighbors put the fire out before calling 911.

This time, officers called in a canine unit to search the area for suspects and followed a scent trail to a nearby home. Inside they found the three suspects, all boys ages 15, 14 and 12, along with the mother of two of the suspects. According to the report, two of the teens admitted to filling bottles with gasoline behind a backyard shed and throwing them at passing cars on Bethel Road. The third suspect admitted to being present at both attacks, according to police.

All three were taken to the Clover Police Department and were released to their parents. The names of the suspects are being withheld because all are juveniles. The 15-year-old is listed with a Lake Wylie address, the other suspects both are from Hopkins.