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Police: Molotov cocktail thrown at official’s home

Peoria police and DPS are investigating why someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the home of Paul Senseman, Gov. Jan Brewer’s communications director.

Mark Tellef, a spokesman for the Peoria Police Department, said they responded to Senseman’s home around 8 a.m. on April 12 after his wife, Kathy, noticed the incendiary device in front of the garage as she left for work. The Molotov cocktail ignited but the flames did not spread to the house, Tellef said, and it did only “very minor cosmetic damage” to the garage.

Investigators aren’t sure whether Senseman’s house was targeted because of his position with the Governor’s Office, Tellef said.

“We have no suspects or leads, and we really don’t know if they were targeting him in particular or if this was a random act,” Tellef said.

The Department of Public Safety has put extra security around Senseman’s home, Tellef said.

The Governor’s Office declined to comment on the situation.

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