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Torrington, Connecticut’s Richard White arrested, accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at EMS agencies

Richard White (©Old Saybrook Police)

Richard White (©Old Saybrook Police)

Richard White, 37, of Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States has been arrested. He was charged with third-degree arson and third-degree burglary.

White was an emergency medical technician (EMT) for the state of Connecticut. At around 10:00 a.m. on February 27, 2021, White was involved in a physical fight with another employee and was subsequently placed on administrative leave during a disciplinary hearing.

At 4:15 p.m., he went to the Hunters Ambulance base in Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA. He ignited a makeshift Molotov cocktail inside of the employee room before fleeing the scene in a grey 2004 Ford Taurus.

At around 5:00 p.m., White threw an already lit object at the Hunters Ambulance building in Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut. Later, one fire was set at a residence in Roxbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut and another one at the firehouse Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

“(There were) no injuries,” Roxbury Fire chief Todd Wheeler told Eyewitness News. “Nobody got hurt. Fire trucks are still able to be used in town.”

“Fire response is still there so they made other provisions for the ambulance,” Wheeler continued. “There are other ambulances in service.”

In the evening, Pennsylvania State Police arrested White in Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA. He is expected to be extradited to Connecticut.

“This individual has targeted those who we count on to save lives,” NBC Connecticut quoted Old Saybrook Police Department chief Michael A. Spera as saying. “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.”

Aside from the arson and burglary charges, White may face more charges after further investigations. A court has set his bond at $150,000.

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