MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A man is accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and threatening to set her on fire during a domestic dispute in Middletown.
Middletown police received a call around 10:30 p.m. Saturday from a woman who said 55-year-old Eugene Boudreau had poured gasoline on her, two trailer homes, including his own, and vehicles.
“When they arrived, the female, thankfully, was able to exit the trailer,” Middletown Police Capt. Brian Hubbs said. “They confirmed they could actually smell gas. They confirmed that he had been pouring gas on both vehicles outside and on her.”
Police said a propane tank was next to the Washington Street trailer. Police kept their distance and tried to talk to Boudreau before police said he lit the trailer on fire.
“They tried to negotiate with him and negotiate his surrender,” Hubbs said. “Unfortunately, he didn’t surrender until after his trailer was fully engulfed in flames, and they had already spread to the neighboring trailer as well.”
Police said Boudreau’s trailer, along with another trailer and two vehicles, was fully engulfed in flames.
The woman was evaluated by medics but refused further treatment. Boudreau was taken to Bridgeport Hospital for serious burns and is stable.
Neighbors told News 8 that there was a history of aggressive behavior from Boudreau, and they are not happy they were kept in the back of the property while all this was happening. Police point out there is only one driveway out of the trailer park.
“So, in order to get them out of the facility, we would have to have them pass a trailer where we thought either there was an explosive hazard or a firearm hazard, so we didn’t want to put them in any further danger,” Hubbs said.
Police said Boudreau’s arrest record includes domestic violence and that he has a long gun registered in his name.
The Middletown Health Department helped displaced residents find temporary housing.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Sgt. Daniel Smith of the Middletown Police Special Investigations Unit at 860-638-4131.