Skip to main content
Press Release

Two Bronx Men Sentenced To Prison For Throwing Molotov Cocktails At Neighbors’ Cars And Houses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that NAYEEM AHMED CHOWDHURY and DAVID MENDEZ were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John P. Cronan to six years and 27 months in prison, respectively, in connection with using glass bottles with ignitable liquid and lit wicks, commonly known as “Molotov cocktails,” in an attempt to set a car and an apartment building on fire in the Bronx, New York.  CHOWDHURY previously pled guilty to possession of unregistered Molotov cocktails and was sentenced on June 15, 2023.  MENDEZ previously pled guilty to conspiracy to possess unregistered Molotov cocktails and was sentenced today.

According to the allegations contained in the Complaint and court filings:

Just after 2:00 a.m. on June 8, 2022, after circling the block for at least an hour, CHOWDHURY and MENDEZ approached a vehicle that was parked in the front yard of an apartment building in the defendants’ neighborhood in the Bronx, New York.  CHOWDHURY lit a Molotov cocktail and placed it underneath the vehicle as MENDEZ looked on.  The defendants drove off to let the fire burn.  Approximately 30 minutes later, CHOWDHURY and MENDEZ returned to the vehicle.  MENDEZ lit a second Molotov cocktail and placed it under the vehicle as CHOWDHURY looked on.  Approximately 30 minutes after the defendants drove away from the vehicle the second time, the owner of the vehicle observed the fire and, together with other individuals from the neighborhood, threw buckets of water on and around the vehicle to put out the flames.  Photographs of the June 2022 incident are below, with the defendants circled in green and the victims’ buckets of water circled in red: