Defendant: Lamont Riddenhour (DOB 09/29/76)

Aug. 17, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Lamont Riddenhour of Mount Vernon was arraigned following his indictment by a Westchester County Grand Jury for setting a house fire in April. He appeared before Judge Susan Cacace.

Specifically, Riddenhour is charged with:

  • Arson in the Second Degree, a class B felony
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony

Bail was continued at $50,000 cash, @300,000 bond or $500,000 partially secured bond. (Under 2020 bail laws, the judge must set three forms of bail.) His next court date is Sept. 1, 2020.

On April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday, around 9 a.m., Lamont Riddenhour set a fire that burned to the ground a three-story private home on South Tenth Avenue in Mount Vernon. Prosecutors allege, Riddenhour had a dispute with an occupant of the house. There were no injuries.
Mount Vernon Fire Department was on scene until late afternoon extinguishing the blaze but could not save the structure.

Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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