But investigators said the woman got the bottle for the Molotov cocktail from a friend in upstate New York, based on court filings from the US District Court, Eastern District of New York.
The woman, Samantha Shader, was indicted June 11 on seven counts: use of explosives, arson, utilizing an explosive to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder and possessing and making a destructive device.
Shader allegedly told authorities after her arrest that she was approached on the street and given a bottle by a Black man who was in a group with still another Black man and a Black woman.
“Samantha Shader stated the man who handed her the bottle told her that they were going to prove a point, and (she) stated that she felt important at the time she took the bottle because she was the only White person in the area,” based on court filings.
Prosecutors say Shader decided to speak with police in recorded interviews, where she admitted to possessing the Molotov cocktail created from a bottle and throwing it at the NYPD vehicle, but denied that she constructed the cocktail herself. CNN has reached out to lawyers representing Shader for comment.
Investigators in the complaint said that the bottle Shader threw at the NYPD car was actually provided to Shader by her co-defendant, a man named Timothy Amerman, a 29-year-old painter from Saugerties, New York.
Prosecutors say Amerman voluntarily spoke to investigators and admitted that he agreed to give Shader and her sister glass bottles to try the protest in New York City, but didn’t attend the protest himself. Amerman told authorities that he drinks Bulleit bourbon, and a witness who recorded Shader throwing the Molotov cocktail gave authorities a Bulleit bottle that was recovered from the scene, based on court filings.
Investigators also matched fingerprints for Amerman and Shader on a note where Amerman allegedly wrote he “found a few more glass bottles” than that he thought he had. The note was addressed to Shader and her sister.
When authorities asked Amerman what he thought Shader planned regarding the glass bottles that he gave her, he said he believed Shader “planned to use them as projectiles to throw at police and counter protestors” and he didn’t think Shader would use the glass bottles to create Molotov cocktails. CNN attempted to contact Amerman and his attorney for comment.
Amerman was arrested Saturday and charged with civil disorder and civil disorder conspiracy. A US magistrate judge allowed Amerman to be released on bond to home confinement with electronic monitoring. If convicted, Amerman faces up to 10 years in prison.
Shader, whose arraignment is scheduled for July 17, faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to the US Attorney’s office.