Two men face endangerment and weapons possession charges after police connected one of them on Monday to an alleged torching attempt of a Roosevelt home earlier this month, the Nassau County arson/bomb squad said.
While investigating an Aug. 18 arson attempt on the Roosevelt residence Monday, police heard shots and received a partial description of a vehicle matching one that was believed to have been used in the arson incident.
On Monday, police stopped a vehicle on North Bergen Place driven by Warren McLeod, 20, of Locust Avenue, Freeport, and found a loaded handgun in the glove box, according to a police news release. McLeod and his passenger, Jonathan Hackett, 19, of Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, were arrested, police said.
Police said McLeod "tossed a flaming device" at the Roosevelt home on Aug. 18 at about 9:25 p.m., igniting a tree on fire and damaging the residence. The fire went out on its own, police said.
McLeod is charged with first-degree arson, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon and Hackett is charged with reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon, police said. They were scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.