Gretna man, 22, arrested in Molotov cocktail scorching at school

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Molotov cocktails tossed into a Gretna elementary school’s parking lot.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office said the Gretna man was arrested after a section of Thomas Elementary’s parking lot was scorched early Tuesday.


He was booked into the Sarpy County Jail on suspicion of possession of a destructive device, a Class IV felony, and criminal mischief of less than $500, a Class III felony, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said three people walked onto the school’s property around 3:30 a.m., with the 22-year-old igniting at least two Molotov cocktails that consisted of glass bottles, gasoline and paper towels. The cocktails were then tossed into the school parking lot, the Sheriff’s Office said, leaving the pavement scorched.

Authorities said the school building was not damaged.

Footage from the school’s video surveillance system was viewed by a Gretna Public School District school resource officer, and the 22-year-old man was identified.

The man told authorities that he was drunk during the scorching, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The school is situated at 11221 Northridge Drive, southeast of 204th Street and Nebraska Highway 370.