Thursday, February 7, 2013

Phillipsburg Man Faces Multiple Charges After Threatening to Set Occupied Home on Fire

William C. Hubbard, 46, of Phillipsburg, NJ, has been charged with a number of crimes after allegedly dousing an occupied mobile home on Canal Street with gasoline Tuesday night and threatening to burn the occupants within.

Easton Police say that at approximately 10:40 p.m., they were called to the 800 block of Canal Street for a burglary in progress, where they found Hubbard standing outside the tan-colored mobile home, reeking of gasoline. Additionally, they found a red plastic gas can next to the residence.

Further investigation revealed that a 27-year-old Easton resident, along with an Phillipsburg woman, 18, and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter were inside the home when Hubbard arrived, banging on the back door and demanding to be let inside, police said.

When the occupants refused him entry, Hubbard then is believed to have poured gasoline on the exterior of the home and asked the occupants, "Do you smell that?" He further threatened them, saying, "You're all going to burn," authorities said.

Hubbard then managed to get into the house and grabbed the male resident by the throat, police said. He left only when police sirens were heard, but authorities caught and detained him at the scene, it is reported.

Charged with burglary, arson, making terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal trespass and harassment, Hubbard was committed to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $150,000 bail, set by arraigning Magisterial District Judge Patricia Romig-Passaro.

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