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May 01, 2016

Police: S.J. man charged with setting police car on fire with Molatov cocktail

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Jose E. Rodriguez.

A man is facing charges for allegedly attempting to ignite a police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail, the Gloucester City Police Department announced on Sunday.

Authorities say 28-year-old Jose E. Rodriguez entered the police parking lot at 8:17 p.m. on Saturday with the incendiary device, ignited it and smashed it on the side of a patrol vehicle.

Officers quickly doused the fire and spotted Rodriguez, who was still standing in the parking lot.

Rodriguez admitted that he started the fire and told officers he wanted to go to jail.

Police charged Rodriguez with aggravated arson, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and criminal mischief.

The police vehicle, a 2015 Ford Explorer sustained minor damage.