Man accused of Molotov cocktail fires

Elias Hubbard
Марта 3, 2021

A 37-year-old CT man allegedly used a Molotov cocktail to start a fire at an ambulance facility and was also connected to other arson fires targeting Emergency Medical Services agencies in the state on Saturday, the Old Saybrook Fire Department said in a Facebook post.

Richard White, 37, of Torrington, Connecticut, was arrested around 10 p.m. on Saturday by Pennsylvania State Police troopers who stopped his auto on Interstate 80 near Milton, Pennsylvania, officials said.

An arrest warrant was issued for White on Saturday night, charging him with third-degree arson and third-degree burglary. White is being held in the Northumberland County Prison pending extradition to CT. "Our officers have worked diligently to quickly stop these violent attacks". It's unclear whether the man has an attorney.

Officials say White then left town, and was located and arrested in Pennsylvania around 10 p.m. It followed a disciplinary hearing that resulted in White being placed on administrative leave, police said.

He said police were called to the ambulance agency, but by the time they arrived White had fled.

An ambulance employee placed on administrative leave was taken into custody in Pennsylvania Saturday after police say he set four fires across CT.

In Connecticut, Old Saybrook police Chief Michael Spera told WTNH that White, 37, of Torrington, Connecticut, had started several fires around the state at ambulance and fire stations.

Those fires and the other two in Roxbury occurred within just two hours, the first in Old Saybrook shortly after 4 p.m. and the fourth in Roxbury after 6 p.m., Makuc said.

Old Saybrook police directed CNN to the fire department's Facebook post when reached for comment.

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