An Ashland man accused of pouring gasoline on a couple’s front door and later locking them inside their home has been arrested.
Brandon Saucier, 36, faces charges of criminal restraint and terrorizing, Maine State Police Cpl. Dennis Quint said.
Officers responded to a home in Masardis on Friday to investigate a complaint that someone had placed a padlock on the front door, Quint said.
The couple initially thought the door was stuck because of an accumulation of ice and snow. They realized the door had been locked shut after contacting a neighbor for help, who used bolt cutters to remove the lock.
An investigation revealed that someone had poured gasoline on the couple’s front door and left the can on their steps about a week before, Quint said.
Saucier is being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance this week.
A court clerk said he has no attorney.