A Riverside man has been charged with attempted murder and arson after police said he threw a Molotov cocktail at a neighbor’s home, causing minor damage.

Steven David Willard, 62, is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Riverside on Thursday, Jan. 21, on charges that also include making criminal threats and possession of a destructive device, court records show.

Willard was being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail. Court records did not list an attorney.

At about 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 9, police responded to the 10200 block of Hedrick Avenue, where a resident reported that during an argument, a neighbor threatened to burn down that person’s house. The neighbor then threw an ignited Molotov cocktail at the house, which was occupied by seven people at the time, Riverside police said in a news release.

Officers contacted the neighbor and found five more Molotov cocktails, the release said.

Willard was arrested on Jan. 14 after further investigation.

Police ask anyone with additional information on the case contact Detective Theresa Sivula at 951-351-6489 or tsivula@riversideca.gov, or Detective James Dana at 951-351-6404 or jdana@riversideca.gov. Anonymous tips may be emailed to rpdtips@riversideca.gov or sent through the Riverside Police Department’s app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 210000802.


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