Man arrested for throwing Molotov cocktail at home

Published 7:00 am Saturday, April 22, 2017

By Melanie Ruberti

Public Safety Reports

Investigators with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for allegedly hurling a Molotov cocktail (gasoline bomb) at a home in the first block of Archie Lane, off of Hamilton Road in the southern part of the county.

Eric Lott, 29, was taken into custody on Friday, TCSO said.

He was charged with terroristic threats and acts, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, arson and criminal damage to property.

Lott reportedly shot up a car before he tossed the bomb at the house on April 16, investigators stated. They did not reveal why Lott targeted the residence.

No one was hurt in the assault.


Man catches ‘ride’ on the outside of semi

A driver of an 18 wheeler received quite a surprise when he spotted a man hitching a ride on the outside of his semi while traveling down Pegasus Parkway about 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

The driver rolled to a slow stop in front of the Badcock Furniture Distribution Center so the uninvited hitchhiker did not fall off the truck, the report stated.

At one point the man allegedly banged on the passenger side door while the semi was moving and yelled about “people with guns,” the driver told LaGrange police officers.

The hitch hiker told police his car ran out of gas along Pegasus Parkway. He was walking to find a gas station and stopped at the distribution center to allegedly use the phone.

The man said that is when two people with guns approached him so he jumped on the passing truck to get away from them, the report stated.

Officers quickly discovered the man’s car abandoned on the side of Pegasus Parkway. It was marked with a sticker by LPD more than 12 hours before the alleged incident occurred.

The man then admitted he lied to officers about the men with guns, but was really out of gas, the report read.

LPD officers filled the man’s tank after performing a field sobriety test and making sure he did not have any warrants out for his arrest.

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies. Reach the LaGrange Daily News at 706-884-7311.