Suspected Ambulance, Fire Department Arsonist from CT Arrested in PA

Hunter's Ambulance Service, Inc.
Hunter's Ambulance Service, Inc. in Connecticut

Steve Marroni


A man accused of committing several arsons at emergency-services stations in Connecticut has been arrested in Pennsylvania.

Richard White was taken into custody Saturday night after he was spotted by the Pennsylvania State Police, WBRE/WYOU is reporting.

Where in Pennsylvania he was arrested is not yet known, but the Pittstown Township Fire Department warned residents that he had been spotted in that area, heading west on Interstate 84 near Mt. Cobb in Lackawanna County.

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.

“This individual has targeted those who we count on to save lives,” Spera told the station. “Our officers have worked diligently all evening obtaining both search and arrest warrants in an effort to quickly stop these violent attacks against public safety and cause the suspect to be taken into custody.”

Reports indicate that White is accused of starting a fire at the Hunters Ambulance building in Old Saybrook, before he drove to Meriden and threw a Molotov cocktail at the Hunters Ambulance facility there.

He is also accused of setting fire to an ambulance inside a fire department in Roxbury, then setting fire to a nearby home, according to reports.

Police told WTNH it is unclear at this point if a house fire in Washington Saturday evening was connected to this case.

The incidents remain under investigation.


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