Firebomb Suspect Says He Is Innocent

Man accused of arson in attack on Sen. Wendy Davis' office in Fort Worth

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    The man arrested in the firebombing of a state senator's Fort Worth office said Thursday that he is innocent.

    Several firebombs were set off outside Sen. Wendy Davis' West Seventh office on Tuesday.

    Firebomb Suspect Denies Arson Charge

    [DFW] Firebomb Suspect Denies Arson Charge
    In a jailhouse interview, the man accused of setting off firebombs at a state senator's office says he is innocent of that and other charges. (Published Thursday, Mar 22, 2012)

    In a long, sometimes rambling interview with reporters at the Mansfield Jail, Cedric Steele said he went to the office in hopes that Davis could help him with an incident from his past.

    "I wanted to talk to Wendy Davis because I was shot with a Taser and thrown in the snow," he said.

    Man Arrested in Firebombing of State Senator's Office

    [DFW] Man Arrested in Firebombing of State Senator's Office
    Fort Worth police have arrested 40-year-old Cedric Steele in connection with an attack on Sen. Wendy Davis' Fort Worth office. (Published Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012)

    Steele said he was assaulted and shocked with a Taser by an officer in 2008 in Michigan. He said he has tried to get help addressing the charge from the Fort Worth City Council, the Dallas City Council and, finally, Davis.

    Steele flatly denied the arson charge he faces in the case. He also said he took part of what he believed to be an alien to Davis' office so she could have it examined.

    State Senator's Office Firebombed

    [DFW] State Senator's Office Firebombed
    Police say Cedric Steele threw bottles filled with lighter fluid at the Fort Worth office of Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis, starting a small fire. He was arrested on arson charges late Tuesday. (Published Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012)

    "I found an alien wing," he said. "This isn't the first time that I found one because I actually work for the government. I'm ID 15. Nothing is classified, and I actually have been dead and raised from the dead. Things of biblical proportions have been happening."

    Fort Worth police said it was part of a dead animal.

    Steele also claimed that he is the person who caught Osama bin Laden.

    NBC 5 has learned that there is an active warrant for Steele's arrest from Tulsa, Okla.

    Authorities there say Steele violently assaulted his mother in October 2005, kicking and punching her shortly after she had major surgery. A 911 dispatcher in Tulsa reportedly heard part of the assault over the phone as it occurred.

    Steele said he's aware of the charge but said he is innocent and welcomes the opportunity to clear his name at trial.

    During the interview, Steele said he is a college graduate, a former teacher, a government employee, a poet, a drug user and is homeless.

    Steele remained in the Mansfield Jail on Thursday night.

    It is possible that he could be forced to face the assault charge in Tulsa before he is tried in the arson case.


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