Waterbury Police Department
A 35-year-old Waterbury man was arrested after allegedly setting his cousin's porch on fire and trying to burn two motorcycles, according to police.
A Waterbury man is behind bars after burning his cousin’s porch on Tuesday and trying to set two motorcycles on fire following an argument between the two, according to police.
James Hill, 35, was seen standing on his cousin’s porch while it burned, lighter in hand. Police said they believe he was intoxicated.
Both Hill and his cousin live on Baldwin Street.
Hill’s cousin wasn’t home, but the landlord saw the flames and put them out with a garden hose, then called the victim and told him to come back, police said.
Once Hill’s cousin arrived, he and Hill continued to argue and the situation escalated. A friend of the cousin arrived and picked up a pipe. Hill grabbed a can of gasoline, dumped it onto a tarp covering two Harley Davidson motorcycles and lit a fire, police said.
The cousin’s friend stamped out the fire before the motorcycles were damaged, according to police.
Police arrived on scene and arrested Hill, who they said reeked of gasoline. His backpack was soaked with gas and he had several lighters in his pockets, along with an illegal firework, according to police.
Hill was charged with first-degree arson, criminal mischief, illegal possession of explosives and risk of injury to a minor, among other offenses.
He was held on a $250,000 bond.