Man charged after police say he tried to set people on fire in Berkeley
Man charged after police say he tried to set people on fire in Berkeley

Vanessa Arredondo

San Francisco Chronicle

Alameda County’s district attorney filed charges Wednesday against a man who police said tried to set several people on fire outside restaurants on Durant Avenue in Berkeley.

The suspect, 46-year-old Brandon McGlone of Berkeley, was charged with arson, making criminal threats, throwing a flammable substance on another, assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of destructive devices, Berkeley police said.

The suspect approached two men eating outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza on 2590 Durant Ave. around 9 p.m. Monday. Police said McGlone knocked the men’s food off the table and said he would light them on fire. The two men walked away from the suspect as he sprayed them with WD-40.

McGlone then turned his attention to four people outside Feng Cha Teahouse on 2528 Durant Ave., police said. The suspect ignited the hair of two people and flashed a hatchet. Bystanders helped extinguish the people’s hair, while others attempted to subdue the suspect.

Police arrived on the scene at 9:35 p.m. and convinced the suspect to drop the hatchet. Upon searching McGlone, police found knives, a machete, matches, lighters and Molotov cocktails.


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