Rashaad Cotton, 23, of Saint Charles, Missouri, United States has been arrested by the St. Charles Police Department. He was charged with arson, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, armed criminal action and resisting arrest.
Cotton was an employee at Sauce on the Side, a calzone restaurant on Beale Street in St. Charles. He allegedly became angry after being fired from the restaurant.
The former Sauce on the Side employee allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail on Greiner Drive in St. Charles at around 6:15 p.m. on April 30, 2021 then drove off in a silver Hyundai Elantra with a girl, 16, a woman, 26, and an infant. At around 6:35 p.m., he allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at Sauce on the Side, which caused a minor turn to the thigh of a woman, 29, who was seated on the patio.
At around 6:40 p.m., the Hyundai Elantra crashed near the Bass Pro Shops on North 5th Street in St. Charles. Cotton allegedly resisted arrest when the St. Charles Police Department officers who responded tried to handcuff him.
Two of the arresting officers suffered minor injuries. The officers had to use pepper spray to arrest Cotton, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The teenage girl with Cotton was also arrested. She is at the detention facility of St. Charles County Family Court.
Authorities are still investigating the involvement of the other woman with Cotton and the teenage girl in the vehicle. He is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond, according to KMOV.
Sauce on the Side offers fresh, hand-crafted calzones, salads and desserts. From 2012 to 2016, it established three successful restaurants in St, Louis, Missouri.
In 2015, The Travel Channel show “Food Paradise” called Sauce on the Side the cheesiest restaurant in America. In 2018, the restaurant started franchising.