A man has been charged with numerous offenses for allegedly
trying to set multiple people on fire Monday night in Berkeley, police said Wednesday.

Brandon McGlone, 46, was charged with arson, criminal
threats, throwing a flammable substance on another and among other offenses,
assault with a deadly weapon following a melee around 9:30 p.m. on Durant

The melee began when McGlone allegedly went up to two people
eating at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza at 2590 Durant Ave. and knocked their food
off the table, police said.

He apparently told them he was going to light them on fire, according
to police. The two walked away from McGlone and he allegedly sprayed them with

Then McGlone apparently sprayed and was able to set on fire
the hair of two people outside Feng Cha Teahouse at 2528A Durant Ave., police said.
Bystanders put the fires out while other people tried to gain control of
McGlone. McGlone allegedly showed them he had a hatchet. 

Police said officers were able to get McGlone to drop the
hatchet. Officers searched McGlone and found he had several Molotov cocktails,
knives, matches and lighters.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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