NEW YORK — A Catskill woman was charged with attempted murder Friday for throwing a Molotov cocktail at an occupied police van during a protest in New York City over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, New York Police Department spokesman Det. Brian Magoolaghan said Saturday.
The woman’s younger sister, also from Catskill, faces lesser charges in connection with the protest, Magoolaghan said.
Samantha Shader, 27, of West Main Street was charged with four counts of attempted murder and assault, one count of attempted arson, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, Magoolaghan said.
Darian Shader, 21, also of West Main Street, was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, Magoolaghan said.
At about 10:36 p.m., officers spotted Samantha Shader at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue in Brooklyn’s 71st precinct, holding a bottle with a rag in it, Magoolaghan said.
Samantha Shader then lit the rag and threw the bottle at a marked police van with four officers inside, Magoolaghan said.
The bottle shattered a window but did not explode on impact, Magoolaghan said. The four officers, who were not injured, were able to get out of the van before the firebomb exploded and van burst into flames, Magoolaghan said.
Samantha Shader then attempted to flee the scene, and a foot chase ensued, Magoolaghan said.
As police attempted to take Samantha Shader into custody, her sister, Darian Shader physically attempted to stop officers from making an arrest by jumping on one of them and biting him on the leg, Magoolaghan said.
Darian Shader was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration, Magoolaghan said. Both women were scheduled to be arraigned Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn Criminal Court.