A tense situation first reported shortly after 3 o’clock Wednesday, as a man doused himself and the inside of his home with gasoline, ends peacefully, after he was taken into custody and then taken to a hospital under police watch to be checked out.
The incident, which forced the shutdown of Birch Street for several hours, ended after authorities led the man, who according to Police Chief Richard Wall, “snapped” during a domestic incident, out of the basement of the home at 39 Birch Street, into a waiting ambulance after he surrendered to authorities.
Police Chief Richard Wall says police received several 911 calls reporting a man out of control, and pouring gas all over the house. When officers arrived, they found two juvenile victims who needed medical attention, and that’s when they discovered the male suspect, identified as 45-year-old William Rearick, in a basement bedroom with a gasoline can and a propane bottle making threats to blow up the house.
Rearick was taken to the Jordan Hospital and is expected to be arraigned inside Plymouth District Court on charges including 2 counts of assault with intent to commit murder, 2 counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and threats to commit a crime (murder).