An Ulster County teenager who "just wanted to see things go boom" launched two homemade bombs at unoccupied targets over the last few weeks before officers arrested him, police said.
Darean Young, 17, of 27 Market St. Apt. 2 in Ellenville, faces two counts of arson and other charges in the incidents, Ellenville police Chief Phil Mattracion said Thursday.
Police responded about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a fire at the Rolling V Bus Company in the village. A glass bottle containing gasoline and a rag had been thrown against an unoccupied school bus in the company lot, Mattracion said. The homemade explosive went off and burned a tire on the bus but did no other damage, he said.
Ellenville police investigators, joined by county arson investigators and Ulster sheriff's deputies, quickly tied Young to the incident and a similar incident three weeks earlier in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a vacant business in the village. That device also ignited but caused little damage to the structure, Mattracion said.
Young was arrested about 10:20 p.m. and confessed to the crimes, Mattracion said.
"He said he just wanted to see things go boom," the chief said.
The teen was initially charged with one count of criminal mischief along with the arson charges, Mattracion said, but further investigation has tied him to "numerous" incidents of graffiti in the village, so an added criminal mischief charge has been added, along with multiple charges of making graffiti.
Ellenville police aren't aware of any previous criminal incidents involving Young, but Mattracion said based on this case, "People should know this is a very dangerous individual."
Young was arraigned Wednesday before Ellenville Village Justice Matthew Parker and sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $500 bail or $1,000 bond. His next court date is Tuesday. No attorney was listed for Young at Ellenville Village Court and efforts to reach his family Thursday were unsuccessful.