New Haven PD investigate attempted arson after Molotov cocktails thrown at substations, reward offered for info

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven Police are investigating two attempted arsons after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at two different police substations early Monday morning.

Police say that just after 2 a.m., a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a New Haven Police Department’s substation at 596 Winchester Avenue in the Newhallville neighborhood. The attempted arson caused minor cosmetic damage and no injuries were reported.

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Later Monday morning, police say they discovered a second substation had been hit with a Molotov cocktail.

“Officers discovered a similar scene at the police substation at 410 Howard Avenue in the Hill Neighborhood,” NHPD reported. “An NHPD arson detective responded to the location and determined the incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. when an incendiary device was thrown at an exterior wall. Investigators found the damage to the exterior brick wall at 410 Howard Avenue to be similar to the damage at 596 Winchester Avenue.”

There is no word on any suspects at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

At a press conference in front of one of the damaged buildings, Chief Otoniel Reyes described the damaged buildings as “more than police substations,” saying, “Somebody tried to burn two community buildings.”

He went on to say he understands the incidents are not representative of the sentiments of the community as a whole.  

NHPD is working with the F.B.I. and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in this investigation.

Tuesday, NHPD announced they are offering a reward of $2,500 “for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspect or suspects involved in the incidents.”

Police say the reward is for each incident, $5,000 in total.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact the Connecticut Arson Hotline at 1-800-84ARSON (1-800-842-7766) or the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services/Fire Investigation Unit at 203-946-6304.  Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS (1-866-888-8477).  Tips can also be texted.  Text “NHPD” plus your message to short code 274637 (CRIMES).

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