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Molotov cocktail suspect undergoing mental evaluation after Capitol arrest

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man is undergoing a mental evaluation, after he said on Facebook he would harm people at the State Capitol – and was arrested there a few hours later.

Dane County prosecutors said a court appearance for 20-year-old Kvon Smith was called off Thursday due to the mental exam.

Online court records do not list new charges in Tuesday’s incident – but District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has said he would file 5 counts against Smith.

State Capitol Police and the State Patrol said they were waiting for Smith after they saw his video on Facebook – and he was apprehended almost as soon as he entered the building on Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said he claimed to have Molotov cocktails in his backpack, but a bomb squad said they did not have explosive materials.

Don Nevaiser, who raised Smith for 12 years, told WISC-TV in Madison that Smith’s mental illness caused his behavior. Nevaiser said Smith has been diagnosed with schizophrenia – and he recently stopped taking his medication for it.

In mid-December, Smith was arrested for resisting an officer during an incident at Madison’s West Towne shopping mall. And he was charged with injuring an officer and disorderly conduct upon being released from jail.

Attorneys will review the status of those cases on January 28th. 

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