Incident Summary:

"04/27/2017: An assailant threw a firebomb into an apartment in Fairfield, California, United States. There were no reported casualties in the incident. This was one of three related firebomb attacks overnight. Matthew Scott Jones was arrested and confessed to carrying out the attacks in order to "make a statement." Sources also noted that, prior to the attack, Jones allegedly had shouted racial slurs at the building's residents, who were African American."



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 2900 block of North Texas Street.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Apartment
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A firebomb composed of two propane cylinders and a gallon container of gas was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The assailant claimed that he targeted the apartment due to a personal dispute with its residents. Additionally, the assailant stated that he was under the influence of methamphetamine and that he was hearing voices in his head that led him to carry out the attacks.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Fairfield man arrested for firebombings, hate crimes," The San Francisco Chronicle (California), April 28, 2017."
"Alleged Fairfield firebomber says 'I wanted to make a statement'," The Reporter, May 2, 2017."
"2 new felony charges for suspect in Fairfield firebombings," Daily Republic, May 10, 2017."