Young Plymouth man under hospital evaluation after church arson arrest

| September 24, 2012

PLYMOUTH —  A young Plymouth man is being held for psychiatric evaluation after he was arrested not once but twice for allegedly breaking into the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church parish center and setting small fires there.

Henry Mahon, 19, will return to Plymouth District Court Oct. 11 for a hearing to determine whether he’s too dangerous to be released on bail. He was arraigned Sept. 21 and is undergoing evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital until he goes back to court.

Mahon’s second arrest came two days before the Manomet church held a blessing ceremony and groundbreaking for a new building.

Firefighters and police went to the church at 3 a.m. on Sept. 18 when the church’s fire alarm sent an automatic call. They found paper fires set on desks in the parish center office, along with a file cabinet that had been broken open.

Fire damage was minor. Police first arrested Mahon the night of Sept. 19, after Mahon allegedly tried to use checks stolen from the church. He was charged with breaking and entering at night time for a felony, receiving stolen property and check forgery.

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