Albany, NY – Authorities have arrested a man who threw a Molotov cocktail at four mounted police officers and their horses during the George Floyd riots in May.
The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. on May 30 when violent protesters rioted near South Pearl and Arch Streets in Albany, WTEN reported.
Police said pictures and video captured the moment that 38-year-old Dwight Parker lobbed a Molotov cocktail at the Albany Police Department’s mounted units, WTEN reported.
The incendiary device hit the pavement and exploded at the feet of the horses, according to police.
The Albany PD’s Detectives Criminal Investigation Unit headed up the investigation into the attack on the police officers and their equine partners and located Parker at his Troy residence, The Daily Gazette reported.
The Troy Police Department helped Albany police detectives arrest Parker on Thursday at his home in Troy, WTEN reported.
He was charged with four counts each of first-degree attempted assault, attempted aggravated assault on a police officer, and attempting to injure a police animal.
Parker is also facing one count of first-degree reckless endangerment, according to The Daily Gazette.
Police also arrested Parker’s wife and daughter at the same time.
Both 37-year-old Shalene Allen and 18-year-old Imari Allen have been charged with first-degree inciting a riot, which is a misdemeanor, according to The Daily Gazette.
Police found a loaded handgun in the residence when they were arresting Parker and his family.
Albany police referred the weapon to Troy police to determine if charges were appropriate, The Daily Gazette reported.
Both Allen women were released without bail and will be arraigned in August.
Parker was held in jail in lieu of $40,000 bail, WRGB reported.
This was only the latest arrest of suspects involved in the rioting that has gone on in the state capital.
Police arrested an Albany man in June who was accused of setting fire to a tractor trailer and a police vehicle, The Daily Gazette reported.
A Delmar man was also arrested and charged after police said he threw a brick at an officer during a protest and hit him in the head.
The officer suffered a concussion as a result of the attack, according to The Daily Gazette.