Charges filed against man who took Molotov cocktail to Capitol

Kvon Smith

Kvon Smith

MADISON (WITI) — Charges have been filed against Kvon Smith — the Milwaukee man accused of taking Molotov cocktails into the state Capitol.

Smith faces several charges, including carrying a concealed weapon, selling, possessing or manufacturing a Molotov cocktail and bail jumping.

Smith was booked into the Dane County Jail on tentative charges following a threat at the Capitol on Tuesday, January 15th — in advance of Gov. Scott Walker’s state-of-the-state address.

Capitol Police received information about a possible threat at the Capitol when Smith stated on his Facebook page he was going to come to the Capitol to do harm.

During the course of investigating the threat, Capitol Police brought in additional resources and Smith’s photo was circulated in order to identify him if he came close to the Capitol.

Capitol Police and Wisconsin State Patrol officers were posted at all the Capitol entrances, and Capitol Police officers immediately identified Smith when he entered the Capitol.

Smith was apprehended in the rotunda, and he stated that he had a Molotov cocktail in his backpack.  The backpack was taken outside to Wisconsin Avenue, and the City of Madison Fire Department and the Dane County bomb squad were called to further investigate the contents of the backpack.

The Capitol police asked staff in offices facing Wisconsin Avenue to evacuate as a precaution as the contents of the backpack were identified.

FOX6 News obtained a stack of documents filed in the U.S. District Court by Smith himself.

Smith filed a lawsuit against numerous organizations including the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Police Department and UW-Milwaukee, with some outrageous demands.

The documents claim Smith demanded $1,000 and a multi-cultural building on UW-Milwaukee’s campus called Kvon Smith Hall.

In what Smith calls the world’s largest lawsuit in history, he filed pages of ramblings about injustices within the criminal justice system. He listed those he contacted from the Milwaukee NAACP to various law firms.

Included in the documents are letters to a UW-Milwaukee professor and others asking for help, saying: “My phone is tapped and emails are hacked.”

Recent criminal complaints against Smith show more.

On December 14th, a Madison police report says Smith caused a disturbance and took off in a car. The officer said when he reached Smith by phone he was shouting and making paranoid comments.

A relative of Smith’s said she was concerned he was off his medication for bipolar disorder and possible schizophrenia.

Police later caught up with Smith at a shopping mall in Madison and a struggle broke out when they tried to subdue Smith.

The next day, a criminal complaint indicates when Smith was released from custody after posting bond, he demanded his cell phone — pressing intercom buttons, yelling and swearing. It took three officers to get him under control.

The criminal complaint describes Smith resisting and swinging at deputies — injuring one.

In a statement, a Department of Administration official said increased security in advance of the state-of-the-state address is consistent with protocol in previous years.

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

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