Couple escapes Molotov cocktail thrown from man wearing hockey mask

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police said the man who threw a Molotov cocktail at a couple returning home from the mall last week was wearing a "Jason-style" hockey mask and was carrying a machete.

Bobby Howell and his girlfriend had gotten off a MAX train at the Flavel station after returning from the Clackamas Town Center last Friday. They were walking home at about 10:30 p.m. when they noticed someone following them near Southeast 105th and Rex. They picked up their pace and cut through the parking lot of Mt. Scott Church of God.

The man followed, yelling he was lost.

The couple asked the man what he needed and if they could help. It was at that point they noticed the man was wearing a "Jason-style" hockey mask made famous in the "Friday the Thirteenth" movies.

Howell dialed 911. The man asked them, "Do you know who I am?"

The couple then saw the point of a machete sticking out of the man's coat sleeve.

As the man turned around to light something in his hand, the couple took off running. The man threw the Molotov cocktail at them and yelled, "Merry (expletive deleted) Christmas," the couple said.

The device exploded 15 feet from the couple. Police later found razor blades from the device melted into the pavement.

Witnesses described the fireball from the Molotov cocktail to be at least 20 feet in size, according to police.

"He was using a weird accent and then just threw the Molotov cocktail at me and my girlfriend and missed us, luckily," Howell told KATU News on Tuesday. "I don't know if his intent was to kill us or if his intent was to scare us."

When police caught up to 19-year-old Kazimerz Nova Garski a few blocks away and arrested him, they said they found he had a machete, stun gun, dagger and throwing stars.

Police said Garski first told them he was jogging. He also told them he had been mugged recently by homeless people who live under a bridge. And he said the couple scared him.

Police said Garski eventually admitted he had thrown the Molotov cocktail, which he said contained gasoline, razorblades and Styrofoam.

Garski's father told KATU News that his son has been experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs.

Garski was arrested in Arizona on marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges last October.

Howell, who said he has never run into the suspect before, believes the man who attacked him and his girlfriend needs mental help.

"Any person who has those kinds of things going through your mind - I mean, it's not right no matter what happens to you in life, to harm others, I mean, in any way," Howell said.

Garski faces multiple charges, including attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Garski's still in jail on $200,000 bail.

His father said he's tried to get his son into drug treatment, but since his son's trying too many different drugs, treatment has been hard to find.