15-year-old charged with setting fire to Boston police cruiser during city riots

BOSTON — A 15-year-old boy is accused of vandalizing a Boston Police cruiser, breaking its windows, and setting it on fire as rioting occurred on city streets on May 31.

The boy, a Framingham resident, was arrested late Thursday afternoon on a Boston Juvenile Court warrant and charged with arson of a motor vehicle and delinquent to wit: inciting a riot. His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

The boy was held on $10,000 bail Friday on a charge of arson of a motor vehicle. An additional charge of inciting a riot will be heard at the next court date, scheduled for June 23, 2020.

If the youth’s family is able to make bail he will be required to have GPS and stay out of the City of Boston, among other conditions.

The boy’s arrest occurred days after the FBI released photographs showing two males who were being sought for more information on the May 31 cruiser arson case.

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The incident happened at 9:25 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, when Boston Police officers responding to a call parked their cruiser near Beantown Pub and a Suffolk University building. Soon after, several people vandalized the cruiser, breaking the windows and setting it on fire. The vehicle was destroyed.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Boston Fire Investigation Unit at 617-343-3324.

Meanwhile, also on Thursday, a 40-year-old man was arrested and charged after police said he tried to set fire to a Boston Police cruiser in downtown Boston.

Daniel Lucey of Boston was arrested and charged with 2 counts of arson of a motor vehicle, police said.

Witnesses, who gave police a picture of the suspect, stomped out the flames underneath the police cruiser and extinguished the fire.

Officers later saw Lucey walking in Copley Square, where he was placed under arrest.

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