John Molnar Jr. appeared in Steubenville Municipal Court yesterday. He is accused of carrying a loaded AR-15 as well as using it to shoot a sign on Fransiscan University’s campus out of his hotel room window.
Molnar was arrested by Steubenville police after fleeing the Super 8 hotel and taking off in a black SUV on University boulevard just before 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon.
According to Chief Bill McCafferty with the Steubenville Police Department, they don’t think this is any sort of hate crime, but the weapon he had on him had several modifications.
Also, no one heard the weapon fired they only noticed more than 30 bullet holes in the sign that has since been removed.
“It’s an AR-15, 223 caliber, it has a suppressor on it, but it’s not like in the movies, a suppressor, it doesn’t sound like in the movies. There would still be reports of the sound, and we believe he was using subsonic ammunition. The question in criminal intent here is why is this guy from the area coming and shooting at the sign? It just doesn’t make sense,” McCafferty said.
Molnar is also a person of interest in a shots fired incident near the hotel.
Molnar is being held in the Jefferson County Jail. He is being held on $100,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing will take place on Thursday.