Arson suspect who allegedly threw Molotov cocktail held on bail

Monwell Wright (Credit: Courtesy)
Monwell Wright (Credit: Courtesy)

A Riverhead man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor’s home was held on $250,000 cash bail following his arraignment before State Supreme Court Justice William Condon in the Suffolk County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Monwell Wright, 21, pleaded not guilty to felony arson and felony weapons possession for the “bomb.”

allegedly lit a glass bottle containing flammable liquid and threw it at his neighbor’s home the evening of June 14. According to charges read in court, the bottle bounced off the side of the house and hit the ground.

The prosecution explained that the neighbor had video surveillance set up around his home that filmed Mr. Wright throwing the cocktail. Due to visible tattoos on the surveillance footage, Riverhead Police were able to recognize and arrest Mr. Wright.

The prosecution asked for a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Defense used their right to speak at another time and gave no sentence suggestion.

A judge issued five temporary orders of protection for Mr. Wright’s victims.

Mr. Wright is due back in County Court on July 21.

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