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Police: Man tries to burn down business with Molotov cocktails

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a close up of Justin Holder: Dylan Handley, 27, of Quincy © Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Dylan Handley, 27, of Quincy

A Quincy man is being kept behind bars after police said he used Molotov cocktails to try to burn down a Washington Street business following a confrontation with the owner Friday morning.

Dylan Jude Handley, 27, of 29 Packards Lane Apt. 1, Quincy, pleaded not guilty Friday in Quincy District Court to a number of charges, including arson and breaking and entering, after he was arrested that morning. Handley was held without bail pending a July 3 hearing to determine whether he is a danger to the public, according to The Patriot Ledger.

According to police, the business owner was returning to his 653 Washington St. building around 1 a.m. Friday when Handley followed him into his garage and attacked him.

The business owner was able to fight off Handley and lock him out of the garage. He reported the altercation to police, which was caught on surveillance camera, telling them he believed the man was trying to rob him.

Handley returned about an hour later armed with Molotov cocktails, Capt. Greg Goyette said.

“The gentleman returned and tried to burn the building down,” Goyette said.

Handley allegedly lit the Molotov cocktails -- crude incendiary devices made out of a bottle filled with flammable liquid and a rag or some type of wick -- and placed one in a trash can and another near the garage door.

Damage to the building was limited as the business owner was monitoring the surveillance cameras set up around his property and saw the man return. The barrel fire was extinguished quickly and the garage door suffered some minor charring, Goyette said.

The two men did not know each other, according to Goyette.

Handley is charged with felony breaking and entering, assault and battery, arson, defacing property, attempting to commit a crime and two counts of possessing an incendiary device.

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