April 18, 2014

Charges pending in Capitol threat

A man accused of bringing Molotov cocktails to the state Capitol is expected to face charges. Twenty year-old Kvon Smith allegedly brought the improvised incendiary devices to the Capitol on Tuesday, prior to Governor Scott Walker’s “State of the State” address to the legislature.

A statement from the state Department of Administration credits Capitol Police with protecting hundreds of people by apprehending and arresting Smith, who had stated on his Facebook page that he was going to come to the Capitol to do harm. Smith was apprehended in the rotunda, and he stated that he had a Molotov cocktail in his backpack.

Smith has been booked in the Dane County jail on the following tentative charges:

  • Four felony counts of possession of Molotov cocktails
  • One felony count of creating a bomb scare
  • One felony count of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
  • One misdemeanor of Disorderly Conduct 

Smith will remain in custody and the case has been turned over to the Dane County District Attorney for charges, according to the DOA. The Dane County DA’s office will determine final charges and further action in the case.

This is not Smith’s first interaction with law enforcement in Madison. He was charged in Dane County Circuit Court on December 18th with resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.