A New York man is facing up to 10 years in prison for supplying glass bottles used in a Molotov cocktail attack on police during George Floyd protests in May.
Timothy Amerman, a 29-year-old painter from Saugerties, New York, will appear in court in Albany on Monday accused of helping Samantha Shader with her May 29 attack.
Shader, 27, was attested days after throwing the bottle at an NYPD van, with four officers inside. The device did not explode and all four escaped.
Samantha Shader was arrested for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD car in Brooklyn
Samantha Shader was arrested after the May 29 attack on NYPD and faces life in jail
Amerman admitted to investigators he invited Shader to take bottles from his recycling bin as she headed to the protests.
He said he didn’t think she’d be using them to create an incendiary device.
Amerman said he also gave Shader masks, rope, plastic baggies, marijuana and $10 in gas money, and that she took a hammer from his tool bucket, according to prosecutors.
Amerman is charged with civil disorder and civil disorder conspiracy.
He was ordered jailed following an initial court appearance Saturday in Albany and is due back in court Monday for a hearing to move the case to Brooklyn.
A bystander who was recording video of the incident in the Crown Heights district of Brooklyn picked up the bottle and gave it to police, prosecutors said.
It was an old Bulleit bourbon bottle, and Amerman told investigators that Bulleit is his preferred brand of bourbon, prosecutors said.
The device shattered two windows but did not ignite, and none of the four officers in the vehicle were seriously injured.
The improvised weapon failed to ignite because Shader had used toilet paper instead of a rag as a fuse.
Shader was caught on camera preparing the device, which failed to ignite on impact
Shader has been jailed since the attack, awaiting trial. She faces up to life in prison on explosives and arson charges.
Shader’s sister faces state charges for allegedly jumping on a police officer’s back and attempting to stop the arrest.
In an interview with law enforcement agents, prosecutors said Shader admitted throwing the Molotov cocktail, but falsely claimed she was given the bottle by a black man she encountered on the street.
She even described three people, saying the man who handed her the bottle was a ‘thicker guy’ with hair in ‘skinny dreads’ of different colors, court papers say.
The other man was smaller and wore a hat, and the woman was thin with ‘poofy’ hair in a ponytail, Shader allegedly claimed.
‘Shader stated that the man who handed her the bottle told her that they were going to prove a point, and [Shader] stated she felt important at the time she took the bottle because she was the only white person in the area,’ the papers say.
Authorities, however, learned it was Amerman who allegedly supplied the bottles from a note left inside the car that Shader took to meet a friend so they could carpool to the protest, prosecutors said.
‘I found a few more glass bottles than I thought I had, though still not many,’ said the note, which prosecutors said bore Amerman’s fingerprints.
‘Wish I had more,’ he wrote.
‘BE SAFE Please. Really[.] Good Luck, – Love Tim.’
Prosecutors contend some of Amerman’s social media posts indicate he supports rioting and related criminal activity, such as one Shader said she also shared that states black people ‘have every right to burn down a country they built for free.’
Exchanging messages with another user on Facebook the night of the firebomb attack, Amerman said he passed on an invitation to join the protests but ‘kitted out some others,’ prosecutors said.