Plains man facing additional charges in C&Y firebombing

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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SCRANTON — A Plains Township man is facing additional charges in federal court related to throwing three Molotov cocktails inside the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services building last year.

A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a superseding indictment against Phillip Finn Jr., 48, charging him with interstate communications to threaten another person and use of fire to commit a felony, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed.

Finn was initially indicted by a grand jury in federal court in July 2017 with stalking and interstate communications.

Finn allegedly used Molotov cocktails to firebomb the Children and Youth Services building on North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, on March 6, 2017.

Prior to fire-bombing the building that also houses the county’s Human Services Division, drug and alcohol programs and the Area Agency on Aging, Finn allegedly threatened two employees for Children and Youth Services, including driving to one’s home.

According to the indictment, Finn used Facebook, Google and his cell phone to look up the employees’ addresses and searched “best way to threaten someone,” “clever threats,” and “how to threaten someone effectively” before throwing Molotov cocktails through a window at the county owned building.

Finn accused the agency of trying to take his 8-year-old daughter away from him when two caseworkers served him with a summons at his Abbott Street residence March 3, 2017.

Over the next two days, multiple messages were sent from Finn’s Facebook account to a caseworker’s ex-husband. In profanity-laden messages, Finn expressed an “urgent demand” to speak with the caseworker.

“Listen no one will EVER harm my daughter including your (expletives) wife…I already have all information about you and your children. If she continues to try to harm my 8 year old daughter which she already has…you can use your imagination…” one message states.


By Ed Lewis

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