No bail for alleged Placentia arsonist

Melissa Jenkins
Published on June 3, 2014
This is the remnants of a vehicle fire that RCMP in Placentia say was the result of arson.
Submitted photo

A Placentia man arrested after several violent crimes were committed in his hometown this past weekend will remain in police custody.

Dillon Palfrey, 19, appeared in Harbour Grace Provincial Court yesterday (June 2) after he allegedly set a vehicle on fire Sunday, June 1, following an encounter with its owners.

The RCMP was called to 20 Battery Road twice that morning.

The first call came at 4:30 a.m., when a complaint was made that a male broke into the residence, physically attacked two people in the home and damaged property.

A news release from the RCMP said the accused was kicked out of the house, then proceeded to use rocks and a 2x4 to break all the windows in the vehicle outside. He then left the scene.

Officers were searching for the suspect when they received another call at 8:15 a.m. that someone started a vehicle fire at the same residence.

Palfrey was arrested at his home later in the day, after he was identified by the residents. They were known to each other.

The accused is facing two counts of assault, one count each of break and enter, uttering threats, mischief and arson. He has no prior record.

He will remain in custody until at least June 11, when he will enter a plea.

The RCMP Placentia detachment is asking anyone who may have information on the arson to contact them at 709-227-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477