You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Quincy man charged with trying to set occupied tent ablaze

Pair inside woke to smell gasoline

A 73-year-old Quincy man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attempting to set fire to a tent on a beach with two people sleeping inside, authorities said.

At 6:11 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to the beach area ­behind 19 Chapel St. in Quincy, where Kevin Ryan, 32, and Wendy Fraser, 38, said they were sleeping in the tent when they awoke to the smell of gasoline, according to police Detective Sergeant Richard Tapper.

Continue reading below

After exiting the tent, Ryan and Fraser said they saw a man pouring gasoline on it and trying to strike a match, at which point Ryan told the suspect that “you could have killed us,” ­Tapper said.

The suspect then chased the two victims down the beach with an aluminum bat, the ­detective said.

Officers found the suspect, Jack Aiguier, sitting on the deck of his house at 19 Chapel St. ­Ryan told police that he recognized Aiguier because he used to deliver newspapers to his home when he was growing up.

Aiguier pleaded not guilty in Quincy District Court on Tuesday to two counts of attempted arson of a dwelling house, ­assault with intent to murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon, said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk ­district attorney’s office.

Natalie Corvington, his lawyer, could not be reached for comment.

the suspect

Quote Icon

Tapper said that police ­received a disturbance call July 2 of two males arguing on the same beach, and that there was a tent that looked similar to the one Aiguier allegedly attempted to set ablaze.

It is unclear what Aiguier’s motives were, Tapper said.

Traub said the court ­approved a dangerousness ­motion and that Aiguier is ­being held without bail until Thursday.

Katherine Landergan
can be reached at
klandergan@globe.com.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.