MOSCOW, Maine — A 38-year-old local man is facing multiple charges after allegedly threatening a woman with a knife and a firearm, according to police.
The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Danny Parrish, Jr., began shortly after noon Sunday when Somerset County sheriff’s deputies were requested to perform a welfare check at a Donigan Road residence, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster said.
When police arrived, Parrish told Cpl. Richie Putnam that everything was fine and that no assault had taken place, according to Lancaster.
However, officers returned when the woman called police around 2:30 p.m. screaming for help, Lancaster said..
Investigation revealed that after police left, Parrish had broken furniture and was yelling that he was going to kill everyone in the home, including the woman and three children ages 2, 9, and 10, Lancaster said.
“Parrish refused to allow the occupants of the house to leave,” Lancaster said. “Parrish, at some point during the rampage, allegedly held a rifle at the female victim and attempted to discharge it without success.”
Police also learned that Parrish had dumped a bottle of lighter fluid on the woman the previous night and attempted to light her on fire.
When police arrived back at the scene, the woman told deputies Parrish was in a bathroom with a knife, Lancaster said, and after several verbal commands from Putnam, Parrish dropped the weapon and was taken into custody.
Parrish was charged with two counts of domestic violence assault and single counts of domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
He is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
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