Man in police custody after Washington Township home burns to ground
Police arrested a Washington Township man who they allege tied up his wife and, after she escaped, set a house on fire.
Emergency services received a call shortly before noon Saturday that Daniel Rumon, 53, had barricaded himself in a house in the 300 block of Gill Road and was threatening to set it on fire.
Washington Township and state police set up a perimeter around the house. Although the house was on fire, police couldn't allow firefighters to douse it for fear Rumon was nearby and armed.
Police said the house burned to the ground and Rumon's wife was not seriously injured.
Shortly after 3 p.m., a state police helicopter spotted Rumon lying unconscious in a nearby creek bed.
Emergency personnel used a rescue basket to bring Rumon out of the creek bed. He was taken to an Oklahoma ambulance and, when he was revived, he started yelling.
He was taken away in the ambulance, but authorities haven't said where they transported him. Westmoreland County detectives, who were involved in the case, will file charges but didn't immediately say what those will be.
Police recovered a loaded handgun and Rumon's German shepherd when they took him into custody.
Gill Road remained closed Saturday evening.
Rumon was released from prison Aug. 8 after serving about six months on charges of assault, stalking and terroristic threats, according to Westmoreland County court records.
He was convicted on those charges in connection with a March incident in which he put a pistol to his wife's head when she wouldn't give him the access code for her cellphone.
Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4680 or email@example.com.