Ohio man charged with making an attempt to firebomb church internet hosting drag occasion

An Ohio man has been federally charged with making an attempt to firebomb a church with Molotov cocktails to stop a drag queen story hour for youngsters.

Aimenn D. Penny, 20, was indicted for one depend of utilizing fireplace to commit a federal felony, one depend of malicious use of explosive supplies and one depend of possessing a damaging gadget, the Justice Division mentioned Monday. 


Signs in front Community Church of Chesterfield (UCC) in Ohio.

Indicators in entrance Neighborhood Church of Chesterfield (UCC) adorned with rainbow LGBT flags. An Ohio man allegedly tried to firebomb the church over a drag occasion being hosted there.  (Google Maps)

“Violence and destruction are by no means a suitable method to specific a disagreement with a selected viewpoint,” First Assistant U.S. Legal professional Michelle Baeppler for the Northern District of Ohio mentioned earlier this month after Penny’s arrest. “Whereas, as People, we get pleasure from the fitting to disagree, doing so peacefully is the one acceptable possibility.”

Penny tried to firebomb the Neighborhood Church of Chesterland (UCC) in Chesterland, Ohio, on March 25, authorities mentioned. 

In an April 1 Fb submit, the church thanked legislation enforcement for shielding a drag occasion that occurred the identical day. 

“An enormous THANK YOU is because of the Chardon and Chester Police Departments, in addition to the Geauga County Sheriff’s workplace for his or her unbelievable and overwhelming assist and safety of the native residents attending the Drag Story Hour on the church right now,” the church wrote.

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“The variety of cruisers we hear have been current, the ‘swat-style’ vans, the Chagrin Falls ‘tactical cellular unit’ which we have been informed was parked close by…this overwhelming presence would have put warning within the thoughts of any group hoping to make an opportunistic risk,” the submit mentioned. “We’re not certain, however apparently police from some 5 close by communities have been on website right now.”

Penny faces as much as 20 years in jail.

Peter Johnson