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A GG man is accused of a fiery attack

A GARDEN GROVE man will face three felony charges at a pre-trial hearing on July 12.

A Garden Grove man was arrested on July 3 for allegedly throwing a “Molotov cocktail” – an improvised incendiary device usually inside a glass bottle – at two homeless men in Anaheim. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Andrew Eric Mongerson, 29, has been charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of flammable material and attempted arson.

He will have a pre-trial hearing in North Justice Center in Fullerton on July 12. If convicted of all charges, he could serve up to five years and four months in state prison.

The incident took place on June 27, 2018 at about 1:30 p.m. Police say that the suspect assembled the device and rode his bicycle toward the two men on Katella Avenue in Anaheim.

One of the victims was inside a makeshift tent, and another outside the tent near a bus stop. Mongerson allegedly lit the device and threw it at the men, yelling insults and cycling away.

The glass shattered near the victims, the pieces blazing until running out of fuel. A witness called Anaheim police and the suspect was arrested on June 30.

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