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Friday, January 18, 2013

Man Arrested After Fire Destroys Home In Port Allegany

Man Arrested After Fire That Destroyed His Home
A Port Allegany man whose home was destroyed by fire that started just before midnight Thursday was arrested by Port Allegany Police on charges of (F3) Risking Catastrophe; Recklessly Endangering Another Person; and (M2) Crim Misch/Dmg Prop Intent, Reckless, Or Negligence, arraigned on Friday morning and remanded to the McKean County jail in lieu of $50,000. straight bail.

Perry Benjamin Green, 24, of 19 Railroad Avenue, Port Allegany, PA, was arrested by Officer Kyle B. Day and arraigned before District Judge William Todd at 11:00 am on Friday. Judge Todd remanded Green to the McKean County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for January 24 at 9:00 am.

Officer Day in his Affidavit of Probable Cause filed with the Criminal Complaint in District Court 48-3-02 described the events as they transpired Thursday night and early Friday morning:

At 11:23 PM, I was called by 911 to respond to respond to the Shooters Bar located on North Main Street in Port Allegany for a patron being unruly. This officer arrived at the back door to the bar and entered and was directed to the outfront area.

The bar owner, Tracey Robuck, advised that her son, Perry Green, had been drinking and had become unruly and was fighting with his father, Richard Green. This officer made contact outfront of the bar and attempted to speak with Perry. He was yelling and screaming and attempting to get at his father. It appeared that the argument/fight was over something that had happened when Perry was a child. Perry was under the influence of an intoxicating beverage, being there was a strong odor of beer coming from his breath and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot.
This officer walked Perry around the building to the back where he was searched and a knife was seized and Perry was placed in the police car where this officer transported him to his residence located at 19 Railroad Avenue in Port Allegany. Perry asked that this officer retrieve his personal belongings from the bar.

Perry was dropped off at his residence at 11:41 PM. When this officer released Perry at the residence, he was still unruly and punched and kicked his own vehicle. Perry then continued to walk toward his house in an irate manner. This officer watched as Perry approached the residence. He was approximately 15 foot from the front porch when this officer left to return to the bar which was at 11:44 PM.

This officer returned to the Shooters Bar and made contact with the bar owner and asked that she retrieve his personal belongings which was a pool stick, pack of cigarettes, Zippo lighter and personal identification. At 11:51 PM, 911 contacted this officer via radio and advised that they were sending the fire company to 19 Railroad Avenue in Port Allegany for a reported structure fire. This officer advised that it was the residence that I had just dropped off the person from the bar. 911 asked for a name and I had given them Perry Green and they advised that he was the caller.

At 11:54 PM, this officer arrived on scene and found that the residence was fully engulfed with fire. Residents from the burning house were walking towards this officer. Bobbie Jo Fuller, 2 young juveniles, Brad Hammond and Perry Green. This officer stopped Green and placed him in custody based on the circumstances surrounding the fire. Green smelled of a strong odor of gasoline.

Bobbie Jo Fuller was interviewed by Trooper Brothers from Pennsylvania State Police and she related that before the fire, she had received a phone call from Green's sister, Reva Marie Green, and she advised that Perry Green was extremely drunk, and she should go to bed and act as if she was sleeping. Fuller further advised that she did hear Perry Green come into the house. She could hear him punching the walls and also heard the screen door slam a few times.

Then all at once, Perry came into the bedroom and told her to get the kids out because the house was on fire.  Fuller advised that when she came out of the bedroom, she observed that the end of the couch was on fire and also the blanket that was on the couch. They couldn't exit through the front door because the fire was too hot. They exited through the window.

Once Perry was back at the office, he was mirandized and he voluntarily gave this officer 2 different statements. The first statement was that he spilled the gas and his cigarette had started the fire. The second statement was that when he came in the house, he had kicked over the full 5 gallon plastic gas can which had spilled all over and he had thrown a bic lighter and the lighter had broken apart and ignited the fire.

These charges are filed as a result of investigation and information received. 

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