A city man has been indicted on felony weapons counts, accused of possessing two incendiary devices described as Molotov cocktails, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said.
Nahiem Timmons, 18, of Emmett Street, was arrested July 24 while riding his bike near the intersection of Craig and Emmett streets, authorities said. In his backpack, police found the devices, prosecutor William Sanderson said.
Timmons was indicted this week on two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.
He was being held Tuesday at the Schenectady County Jail on $3,000 bail.
Timmons was stopped by police in front of the home where they had just gotten a complaint that a man had threatened two women and made mention of a gun, Sanderson said. The description given by the woman was a perfect match for Timmons, Sanderson said.
Officers patted him down, feeling hard objects in his backpack. Inside, they found the devices, each encased in a champagne bottle.
The details of the original argument are unclear, Sanderson said. But the charges Timmons face allege only that he possessed the illegal weapons.
Those charges were upgraded to felonies because of the device being deemed an incendiary or explosive bomb, Sanderson said. Prosecutors researched the issue and found that in other cases such devices have been included in that category.
Sanderson also said, as far as he could remember, it was the first case he’d seen of someone being charged locally with possession of such a device.
Timmons faces up to seven years in state prison, if convicted.