Quincy: Man accused of trying to light tent with couple inside on fire

Quincy police have arrested a man accused of trying to light a tent on fire, with a sleeping couple inside, on Tuesday morning.

Quincy Police Captain John Dougan says they got a call just after 6 a.m. Tuesday for the incident at Chapel Street beach. The victims, a man and a woman in their 30s, told officers that they were sleeping in the tent off Chapel Street beach, when the male victim woke up and smelled gasoline.

When the victim went outside to look around, he claims he encountered 73-year-old Jack Aiguier, of 19 Chapel Street, standing by the tent trying to light a match. He was able to get the female victim out of the tent.

Capt. Dougan says the victim said to Aiguier, “Hey, what are you trying to do? You could have killed us.” And Aiguier responded, “That’s what I’m trying to do.”

The couple ran down the street to call police, and Aiguier allegedly chased them with an aluminum baseball bat.

The male victim said he recognized his alleged attacker because the victim used to deliver his newspaper. Police say Aiguier’s wife was able to produce a baseball bat matching the weapon’s description, belonging to her husband.

Aiguier was arrested charged with attempted arson, assault with intent to murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Capt. Dougan says they do not currently have motive in the attack and the case in still under investigation.

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