Man charged in W. Jordan bank fire-bombing appears in court

Nov 21 2011 - 5:15pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has ordered a man to be held in jail temporarily after police say he threw two Molotov cocktails at a Wells Fargo branch.

Joshua Raymond Townsend made an initial appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.

He's charged with one count of attempting to destroy a building used in interstate commerce. He's not yet entered a plea.

Judge David Nuffer ordered Townsend temporarily held and set a detention hearing for Tuesday.

Authorities say the 20-year-old began planning to bomb a bank two months ago after ordering explosive chemicals. He later decided to use Molotov cocktails to destroy a bank in West Jordan, about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Townsend reportedly called police before throwing the first Molotov cocktail.


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