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Police: Moline man arrested after attempting to use a homemade flamethrower on his neighbors

A Moline man was arrested after allegedly using a flamethrower to burn cars, a building, and a neighbor.
Credit: Moline PD

MOLINE, Ill. — A Moline man is behind bars after police say he was seen running down an alley with a flame thrower, actively attempting to use it on buildings, cars, and people.

Paul Taylor 61, of Moline, was arrested on Sunday, October 10 for attempted arson and aggravated assault.

A witness told police a neighbor was seen running down their alley with a flame thrower, attempting to burn an occupied garage, two parked cars, and a neighbor. 

The suspect, 61-year-old Paul R Taylor of Moline, was identified and located at his residence nearby.

A search warrant was obtained for Taylor’s residence, where investigators located a homemade flame thrower and fire accelerants. 

There were no injuries reported.

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Taylor was arrested and charged with attempted aggravated arson and aggravated assault. He is currently being held in the Rock Island County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Moline Police Department at 309-797-0406.

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