Dorchester man charged with trying to burn Masonic temple

A Dorchester man is facing charges that he walked into the Grand Lodge of Masons in downtown Boston Monday night and attempted to set the lobby’s furniture on fire, police said.

Kevin Jones, 31, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court to charges of attempted arson and threatening to destroy a place of worship, authorities said. The threatening charge will be withdrawn because the statute does not cover fraternal organizations, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

Jones was sent for a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital and is scheduled to return to court April 9, the district attorney’s office said.


Jones allegedly entered the building carrying a tin of flammable liquid that he began pouring over several sofas before he was restrained.

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Fire investigators are determining what kind of fluid Jones was using.

Police also have not yet determined Jones’s motive, officials said.

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