- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A Lowell man charged with dousing a convenience store clerk with gasoline and threatening to set him alight during a robbery has been held on $100,000 bail.

The Sun (https://bit.ly/1FtX8mm ) reports that John Soiles was held after pleading not guilty Wednesday to masked armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police say a man walked into Jerry’s Food Store carrying a small bottle filled with gasoline at about 7:20 p.m. Sunday, threw some gas on the worker and showed a cigarette lighter.

The man demanded money and fled with $800 to $900.

The clerk was not hurt.

Police released surveillance images from the store and tips from the public led to Soiles’ arrest.

His attorney argued for lower bail, saying he has deep family ties to the city.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, https://www.lowellsun.com

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