Judge Gordon Graham set bail at $2 million Monday and appointed a Public Defender for Fabian J. Torres accused of trying to firebomb the Algonquin Caputo's Fruit Market Sunday. Authorities provided little information about the incident Monday but fragments have come to light.
Torres, 24, is charged with Arson, aggravated by knowing people were present. Police say he ran into Caputo's Sunday and hurled a homemade Molotov cocktail at the store's crowded deli counter.
Algonquin Deputy Chief Steve Kuzynowki said he wouldn't talk about motive in a pending criminal case but confirmed that Torres had once been employed by Caputo's. A published report on AOL's local Patch website quoted an eyewitness saying Torres claimed to be a Native American upset that "people ruined his land." Police said Torres ID showed he had an address in Sleepy Hollow but Crystal Lakes' Northwest Herald reported he filled out an official form Sunday listing himself as "homeless".
Torres is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in McHenry County Circuit Court Friday.