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Man arrested in Masardis for padlocking and pouring gas on door of residence

MASARDIS, Maine — Maine State Police arrested an Ashland man in Masardis on Friday, after it said he padlocked the door of a residence he had previously poured gasoline on.

Brandon Saucier, 36, of Ashland is charged with criminal restraint and terrorizing after police said he padlocked an unnamed couple’s door shut. Police also accuse Saucier of pouring gasoline on the door of the same residence about a week prior.

Maine State Police said it responded to a report around 10 a.m. on Friday of a woman and her partner being unable to open the door of their home in Masardis. The victim told police the couple had initially assumed snow and ice were keeping the door shut.

But after contacting a neighbor for help, they realized that someone had padlocked the door. Their neighbor was soon able to remove the lock using bolt cutters.

An investigation by Cpl. Dennis Quint, who responded to the call, determined that Saucier had placed the padlock at the door of the residence.

Quint also determined that Saucier had been involved in a related incident a week prior at the same residence. Police said he had poured gasoline on their door, leaving the lidless can at the front of their home. They said no fire resulted from that incident.

Police said they arrested Saucier without incident on Friday on charges of criminal restraint, a class D crime punishable by up to 364 days in jail; and terrorizing, a class C crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Police booked him into Aroostook County Jail shortly after.

Maine State Police said Saucier had a court date in Presque Isle at an undetermined time and date.

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