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Police arrest man they say was throwing Molotov cocktails at 'hallucinations'
Flowery Branch resident reported armed men in camouflage breaking in home; investigators say they 'weren't real'
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Danny Ray Stephens

A Flowery Branch man allegedly crafted Molotov cocktails out of baby food bottles and gasoline after he had hallucinations about burglars breaking into his home in November, police said.

Flowery Branch Police responded Nov. 16 to a home on Mitchell Street regarding a burglary in progress call.

The resident, Danny Ray Stephens, 60, said there were “four male subjects outside his home trying to break in,” whom he described as camouflaged and armed with guns, according to the police report.

“Mr. Stephens said that he felt threatened for his life so he decided to make Molotov cocktails out of baby food bottles and gasoline, and he threw three of them into the yard where they caught the grass on fire,” according to the report.

Stephens also told officers he went to the backyard and fired his shotgun at one of the subjects. He called his ex-girlfriend who then called 911.

Stephens was asked if he had been drinking or under the influence of any drugs, to which he said “no, that he hasn’t smoked marijuana in about a month and that he had only taken his medication prescribed by his doctor,” according to the report.

Police found his medication as well as a substance that field-tested positive for marijuana.

“Mr. Stephens was having hallucinations, probably from some of the medications he was taking. He was seeing things that weren’t real,” Flowery Branch Police Investigator Robin Kemp wrote in an email.

Kemp continued to say there was “no validity to (Stephens’) claim of burglars.”

A Magistrate Court judge issued three warrants for possession of marijuana, reckless conduct and possession of an explosive device.

Stephens was booked Sunday, Dec. 2 in to the Hall County Jail on these charges, and he was released Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Hall County Jail officials did not answer the phone when The Times called for information on Stephens’ release.

Stephens’ attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.

The number listed for Stephens through electronic records was disconnected.