ST. CHARLES – The Kane County Bomb Squad's assessment of a Molotov cocktail – possessed by a St. Charles man charged with felony possession of explosives – was that the device would burn, not explode, according to St. Charles police reports released through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Eric C. Eggers, 22, of the 1800 block of Lucylle Court, St. Charles, was charged Oct. 21 with four counts of felony criminal damage to property in Geneva, misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon and reckless conduct.
In a second filing on Oct. 25, Eggers was also charged with two counts of felony possession of explosives or incendiary devices – a Molotov cocktail – and that he “intended to use such explosive to commit a felony,” against residents of Lencioni Court in Geneva, according to charging documents and police reports.
The charges stem from incidents reported on Oct. 14 and 15, records show.
St. Charles reports also provided additional details from when Eggers was taken into custody on Oct. 15.
Police saw Eggers carrying a box and a black gym bag, which he put down on the grass, reports stated.
Eggers stated “something to the effect of he was going harm them (Lencioni Court residents) with a bomb he made that was inside the box,” according to reports.
As the box was partially open, an officer reported that he "could see a cylindrical shaped object wrapped up with what appeared to be paper sticking out of the top. Eggers stated this was a Molotov cocktail that he was bringing to the house in Geneva. He advised the cylinder was a can of butane.”
Eggers was placed into custody, police called the Kane County Bomb Squad, evacuated two sets of town houses and taped off the area where the bomb was located.
“The box contained numerous paper towels and medium sized plastic-like bags," reports stated. "The cylindrical shaped object was wrapped in paper towels, held together with black electrical tape. There was a rolled piece of paper extending out from the top of the object. There was a book of matches at the top of the object."
Still, the bomb squad determined that the bomb Eggers stated was in the box was not made in a way to explode, but to burn if it was actually lit and used, reports stated.
St. Charles Battalion Chief Anthony Centimano told police that, based on his training and experience, the homemade device was “capable of igniting the contents of the canister,” according to the reports.
“If the homemade explosive/incendiary device was set off in an area where there were more combustible/flammable items, it would create an even bigger fire,” Centinamo stated in the report.
After obtaining a search warrant for the Honda and the town house where Eggers lives, police found a container full of copper BBs and a roll of black electrical tape that appeared to be the same tape used to hold the bomb in place inside the box, reports stated.
Police evacuated a second group of town houses where the Honda was parked – as a precaution – because they could see a butane canister in it, reports stated.
The bomb squad determined that the butane canister in the Honda was just that – and not a bomb, reports stated.
St. Charles police reports also stated that while in custody in Geneva on Oct. 15, “Eggers made countless threats to kill the victims in the aforementioned investigations and threats to get police officers fired because he had not been released.”
Eggers was handcuffed with his left hand to the stationary bench in the booking area and began to punch himself in the face repeatedly with his right hand, reports stated.
One officer tried to get control of Eggers’ right arm to stop him from hurting himself; Eggers’ reaction was to tense up his body, scream and fall to the floor, reports stated.
Officers unhooked Eggers’ handcuff from the stationary bench and then handcuffed both Eggers’ hands behind his back. Eggers calmed down and became compliant, the report stated.
Eggers is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 11 for the setting of a preliminary hearing.