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Quincy man accused of setting tent on fire now under house arrest

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 13, 2012 03:40 PM

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A Quincy man accused of arson and attempted murder was released on house arrest on Thursday after being held without bail for two days.

Police arrested Jack Aiguier, 73, of Chapel Street on Tuesday morning after he allegedly attempted to set a tent with two people inside of it on fire.

According to a police report, the suspect then chased the two victims, identified as Kevin Ryan, 32, of Quincy, and Wendy Fraser, 38, down the beach with an aluminum bat.

When police arrived, the victims smelled of gasoline, the police report says. The victim said he knew the man who attacked him, and pointed to Aiguier’s house, saying he used to deliver newspapers that home when he was a kid.

Police arrested Aiguier that morning after they found him standing on his property. An alumunim bat was also found in his possession.

Aiguier was arraigned on Tuesday and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing. However Aiguier’s attorney, Quincy lawyer Daniel O’Malley, worked out a disposition with the judge to let Aiguier go home on certain conditions rather than go through with a dangerousness hearing.

According to O’Malley, Aiguier must a GPS monitor, have no contact and stay away from the alleged victims, and privately undergo a mental health evaluation and follow the doctor’s recommendations, if any.

“They might say he’s fine, needs treatment, we don’t know,” O’Malley said.

His next scheduled court date is a probable cause hearing on Sept. 28.

O’Malley said he only came on board with the case on Thursday and had not reviewed the discovery materials yet. As such he had no comment on the case.

A woman who answered the phone at Aiguier’s house declined to comment. However, a neighbor have come to Aiguier’s defense Friday.

“Jack is a great guy. I’ve known him my whole life. My older brother grew up with his two sons. The guy is great. Never had a problem with anybody I’ve ever heard of,” said James Galligan, a resident of Bay View Avenue and neighbor of Aiguier’s. “Everybody in the neighborhood is so surprised.”

According to Galligan, if anyone instigated anything, people should be pointing the fingers at the victims.

Ryan and Fraser had been sleeping on the beach for some time, Galligan said. Although Ryan listed his address at 92 Bay View Ave., where his parents live, Galligan said Ryan was basically homeless.

Although police said that no one had ever reported an incident on the beach and no one had ever been arrested there, Galligan said neighbors have complained to the city about the pair staying on the beach.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Aiguier has been charged with two counts each of attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and arson of a dwelling.

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