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Quincy Scanner Tales: Woman arrested for alleged attempted arson, Police urge caution following unarmed robbery

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 20, 2012 12:06 PM

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Woman arrested in alleged attempted arson

A woman was arrested in Quincy on Saturday after allegedly attempting to set a Quincy home on fire.

According to police, a neighbor near 310 Water Street reported hearing a disturbance from a unit at the address. When police arrived, they saw a large, blue, plastic barrel with a melted hole in the side on the lawn and saw a blue lighter with small pieces of burnt newspaper scattered about.

Police spoke with two people inside the unit of the alleged dispute. According to the female victim, she was in the living room with the male victim when she heard glass breaking. The woman was then hit in the shoulder by a rock.

The male victim looked outside and saw a woman who was known to him yelling. The woman then broke a second window of the house.

According to the male victim, the suspect grabbed a plastic container and set it on fire. The suspect then tried to push the burning container into the house through the broken window, however the male victim pushed the container back outside.

When the suspect couldn’t get the container into the house, she left the burning container on the grass and fled the area, police said.

According to the male victim, he had been in a bar at the Presidents Inn the night before when the suspect came up to him.

The victim told police that he used to rent a room from the woman, and she was upset that he had moved out and that she didn’t have his rent money anymore, police said.

Police said that according to the victim, the woman continued to bother him at the bar until he left. At 6 a.m. the next morning, the suspect called the victim several times to yell at him, police said.

According to the victim, the suspect seemed as though she was drunk or on drugs.

The phone calls stopped, however that’s when the suspect showed up to the victim’s house, police said.

The male victim had soot and a blister on his hands but declined medical attention. The female victim also declined medical attention.

Officers found the suspect at her home.

As a result, Jane Dorothy MacMillan, 47, from Quincy, was placed under arrest and charged with attempted arson of a building, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and willful and malicious destruction of personal property valued over $250.

Police urge caution following unarmed robbery

Police are urging residents to be cautious after an alleged unarmed robbery occurred at 10:47 p.m. on Sunday.

According to police, a man who was in his home on Newbury Street said he heard a woman yelling for help in Chinese.

The witness, who spoke to police through a translator, said he looked out the window and saw a man sitting on top of the female victim. The man was screaming for the woman to give him money in English.

The victim appeared to be in her 20s, however it was too dark for the witness to see what the suspect looked like.

The witness yelled at the suspect, who then took off on foot and fled towards Hollis Street.

The witness said the victim had a cut on her lip, and told her to stay there because police were coming. Despite the witness’s request, the victim left.

No suspects have been found at this time, police said, though detectives are urging the public to be cautious while out on the street at night.

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