Another teen faces charges in bombing

AMSTERDAM – The city Police Department arrested a third 14-year-old connected to the bottle bomb incident on Easter.

Det. Lt. Kurt Conroy said the teen was charged with the same counts as the other two teens who were previously arrested in the incident, which includes third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree placing a false bomb or hazardous substance, both felonies, and second-degree reckless endangerment.

He said the teen was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on the charges in Montgomery County Family Court on Wednesday.

However, Conroy said, one of the original suspects has also additionally been charged with intimidating a victim or witness, a felony.

He declined to get into the specifics of that charge and declined to comment on the intent of those responsible.

In total, three 14-year-old boys have been charged with making and detonating bottle bombs on Division Street on Sunday, police said.

Authorities said about seven homemade bottle bombs had exploded and an additional five homemade bottle bombs were still active and had not exploded yet.

Mark Cepiel, a state police spokesman, previously said the bombs were detonated with a “chemical reaction.”