Surveillance Video Shows Suspect Throw Molotov Cocktail At North Philadelphia Day Care

Natasha Brown reports.

Video Transcript

JESSICA KARTALIJA: Right now at 5:30, brand-new surveillance video just in to Eyewitness News. It shows a disturbing North Philadelphia attack-- a daycare center targeted with a Molotov cocktail.

Eyewitnesses news reporter Natasha Brown is at police headquarters with the latest on this bizarre incident. Natasha, incredibly scary.

JESSICA KARTALIJA: Yeah, very scary indeed, Jessica. Right now, we know that police have a suspect in custody. What we don't know is why he would target a daycare center.

Surveillance video shows the moment a man is seen tossing a Molotov cocktail at the front of a daycare center in North Philadelphia. It happened just after 9:00 AM Tuesday in the 2700 block of Germantown Avenue. A man wearing a black mask is seen throwing the incendiary device at the daycare center, breaking the window.

The fire burned outside of the building and did not reach the inside. There were no children or employees in the daycare at the time.

Police say the masked suspect got into a white Toyota on the passenger side and the vehicle fled the scene. Police later found the car and the suspect at 2nd and Allegheny where he was taken into custody. The driver of the getaway car has not been located just yet.

Workers at the daycare center declined to comment, as neighbors tried to process the scene.

- I didn't know a fire happened in there, that happened out here. I know they don't have kids over here, they just have them over there now. But I've been living here for quite a while and I don't know-- I don't even know who the guy was.

JESSICA KARTALIJA: The ATF's Arson, and Explosive Task Force is handling the investigation. It's a joint task force considering of ATF agents, detectives from Philadelphia Police, and members of the Philadelphia Fire marshal's Office. They are early in the investigation, but confirm that several incendiary devices have been found at the scene.

Well, the identity of the suspect has not been released just yet, and the driver has still not been found.

Reporting live here at police headquarters, Natasha Brown, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.