Teen charged with trying to set Chez Vous rink on fire

A Mattapan 14-year-old was arraigned for arson Monday for allegedly setting the front door of the Chez Vouz roller rink on Rhodes Street on fire Saturday night after she was denied entry, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The teen, not named because of her age, allegedly shoved burning papers into the front door, after she was turned away around 10 p.m. the DA's office says, adding she had been earlier barred by the rink for 30 days for "fighting and making threats to other patrons."

Rink employees quickly doused the fire with an extinguisher, but it still did $3,000 in damage - while roughly 120 people skated inside, the DA's office says.

The teen and a friend were apprehended a short distances from the rink, which sits behind the District B-3 police station.

Prosecutors say the girl's failed attempt at arson was captured on video.

Prosecutors asked for bail of $5,000. Dorchester District Court Judge Leslie Harris released her to the custody of her grandmother with orders to be home by 5 p.m., go to school each day - and get their on time - and stay away from Chez Vous and witnesses.


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