ALBANY – A Schenectady man has been arrested, accused of illegally possessing a Molotov cocktail in early June, U.S. Attorney’s officials said Tuesday.
Joel Malek, 42, of Schenectady, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one federal count of possession of an improvised incendiary device commonly known as a Molotov cocktail, officials said.
Malek is accused of possessing the device June 5 “together with others” in Schenectady County, according to the indictment filed against him.
Neither the indictment, nor a U.S. Attorney’s press release elaborated on the circumstances in which Malek is accused of possessing the device.
Malek was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held pending a detention hearing set for Thursday.
If convicted, Malek could face up to 10 years in federal prison, officials said.
The case is being investigated by the ATF and the FBI, with assistance from the Schenectady Fire Department and Schenectady Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Belliss and Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping.