Los Angeles police arrested a 29-year-old man on a Marina del Rey boat Feb. 11 for allegedly using a Molotov cocktail device to threaten victims.
The suspect, Dane Reynaldo, who was staying on the boat, was arrested by Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Area Assault Crimes and Narcotics detectives without incident, police said. Police served a search warrant at Reynaldo’s West Los Angeles residence and the boat, where they allegedly recovered a large amount of narcotics and a handgun.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed multiple felony counts against Reynaldo Feb. 15, including possessing and igniting a destructive device with intent to injure/intimidate, criminal threats, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and several narcotics counts, an LAPD spokesperson said. Reynaldo’s bail was set at $1,035,000.
The investigation was initiated Feb. 6 after a Mid-City area resident reported threats to his and his family’s safety from a suspect who was trying to collect on a debt, police said. The man told police that a Molotov cocktail device was lit in front of his residence that evening, prompting a response by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the LAPD spokesperson said.
The device did not cause injury or damage to the victim’s residence and was collected by LAFD arson investigators, police said.
LAPD Wilshire area detectives worked in conjunction with LAFD arson investigators in the early stages of the investigation, which found that the suspect was allegedly threatening the victim due to a drug debt owed by a family member, police said.
Detectives said they believed the alleged threat was credible and the victim would be harmed on Feb. 11, if the debt wasn’t collected by the suspect’s deadline. In the meantime, detectives said they determined that the suspect wanted in connection with the Molotov cocktail lighting could be staying on a boat in Marina del Rey.
Anyone with additional information about this incident or suspect is asked to call Wilshire area Det. DeShon Andrews at (213) 473-0510, (213) 922-8205, or (877) 527-3247 during non-business hours.