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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

For Immediate Release

Saturday, January 5, 2019
Contact: Ronnie Dahl

ATF increases reward in firebombing

IDLEWILD, Mich. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in conjunction with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for the firebombing of a home in Idlewild.
In the early morning hours of April 27, 2017, a suspect or suspects tossed a Molotov cocktail through a bedroom window of a home in the 7600 block of Broadway Street. The device narrowly missed a 5-year-old girl who was sleeping in her bed. The family managed to escape unharmed, but their home and the contents were destroyed.
ATF is increasing its reward from up to $5,000 to up to $10,000. As part of the Arson Prevention Reward program, the Detroit Crime Commission is also offering a reward of up to $5,000, bringing the total reward up to $15,000.
Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at (888) ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477) or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 745-2711. Information can also be sent to ATF via the mobile app Reportit®, which is available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting All calls and tips will be kept confidential.
ATF is the lead federal law enforcement agency with jurisdiction involving violent crimes of fire and arson. More information about ATF and its programs is available at
Detroit Field Division