Boston Police report arresting a man they say used blankets to try to light two cars on fire in Downtown Crossing and the Back Bay today - first a police cruiser and then a Honda Civic.
Police say Daniel Lucey 40, pushed a blanket under an unoccupied BPD cruiser parked at West and Mason streets and set fire to the blanket shortly before noon, police say, adding bystanders pulled the blanket out and stomped out the fire as they watched the suspect run down Mason Street. Police say two officers had parked the cruiser there to respond to an unrelated 91l call.
At approximately 12:28 PM officers in the area of Arlington Street and Boylston Street observed smoke coming from a blanket that was placed under a Honda Civic.
Officers were able to locate Daniel Lucey walking in Copley Square where he was placed under arrest and charged with 2 Counts of Arson of a Motor Vehicle.
This is the second time in three weeks that Lucey has been charged with trying to set a police vehicle on fire.