By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A man who allegedly used a Molatov cocktail to damage a woman's car while it was parked outside of a friend's house in Belmont in February has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury.
Shawn McKenney, 26, of or formerly of 377 W. Main St. in Tilton faces four charges, including making a Molatov cocktail – a felony – and throwing it at a car, two misdemeanor counts of arson and one Class A misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.
Police and affidavits at the time said McKenney drove by the house and saw a car belonging to a woman he had been involved with. Police said that he went to a nearby Circle K gas station, bought some gas, and rummaged around for a glass bottle and a rag.
He is alleged to have returned to the home and thrown the device out of the window. The intended victim was in the home and was unharmed. Fire officials quickly extinguished the fire.
Police said witnesses noticed a driver discard a burning gasoline container. Tilton Police noticed McKenney's car and an officer noticed a fresh burn mark on an interior door panel. Affidavits said his clothes showed signs of recent exposure to fire.
After an interview, Belmont police were able to secure a warrant for his arrest.
McKenney initially appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Feb. 23 and was ordered held on $7,000 cash bail.
Belknap County Corrections officials said he posted bail on May 10.
McKenney is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charge of using a Molatov cocktail later this week in the Belknap County Superior Court.
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