The Brewer man accused of setting a Bangor storage on hearth in August mentioned it was began by two males who had been making an attempt to kill him, based on court docket information.
John Toolin, 66, was indicted on two Class A counts of arson and Class C aggravated felony mischief after he allegedly set a storage hearth Aug. 15 at a house on Pearl Avenue close to Mount Hope Avenue.
The home-owner heard banging round 5:30 a.m. however thought it was a neighbor earlier than she appeared exterior and noticed smoke coming from her storage, the investigation report mentioned.
In an interview after Toolin was arrested, he informed police he walked up the driveway and into the storage as a result of he was being chased by two individuals who wished to kill him, based on court docket information.
He tried to barricade the door so the 2 guys couldn’t get him and nobody else got here into the storage. However Toolin mentioned the fireplace was began by the 2 males who had been chasing him, based on the report.
There was an ironing board within the storage and the 2 males used cardboard on high of the board to begin the fireplace, regardless of by no means entering into the storage, Toolin informed police. He mentioned he escaped via the again door and the lads left as soon as the fireplace began.
A photograph taken by the home-owner’s son exhibits Toolin within the yard whereas the storage is on hearth, per court docket information.
The hearth was contained to the entrance half of the storage and was set with cardboard on high of an iron boarding, the investigation report concludes.
Toolin is scheduled for a disposition convention associated to psychological well being Wednesday.
He has been within the Penobscot County Jail since Aug. 15. He was granted a bond of $25,000, which he has not posted.