NYC: Man who threw bleach, Molotov cocktail at cops had five more explosives

The unhinged motorist who tossed a cup of bleach in a cop’s face then hurled a lit Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle had five more of the makeshift explosives in his car — and said he planned to use them on law enforcement, prosecutors revealed Monday.

Lionel Virgile, 44, told the FBI after his arrest that he created the Molotov cocktails two weeks earlier to “hurt the police” and knew the devices would “spark a fire,” according to a detention memo.

His ex-wife told The Post Sunday that he suffers from bipolar disorder and has been off his meds for nearly two years.

Virgile appeared virtually Monday in Brooklyn federal court on a charge of attempted arson for the April 17 assault on police.

“The defendant’s brutal attack on the NYPD shows he’s an ongoing danger to law enforcement, and to the larger Brooklyn community, and that he has absolutely no respect for the law,” said Assistant US Attorney Sarah Winik, arguing that Virgile should be detained without bail.


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