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July 31, 2013

Rouses Point man charged with arson, assault

ROUSES POINT — Police say Randy J. Guay attacked his estranged wife during a domestic dispute then set their home afire. 

He is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree arson and first-degree criminal contempt, all felonies.

Guay, 37, of Clinton Street is also charged with three misdemeanors: fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.

UNDER INVESTIGATION

Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison said Guay started the fire Monday after his wife and daughter had fled the residence at 30 Priscilla Lane, and the incident remained under investigation.

Chazy-based State Police responded at about 8:15 a.m., as firefighters knocked down the blaze, which significantly damaged the basement of the home and the garage.

Guay was found in a neighbor’s shed shortly after, Davison said, and was taken to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh for treatment of what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts to his arms and legs. He was arrested after his release.

WIFE, DAUGHTER INJURED

His estranged wife, Tricia Guay, had cuts to both her hands, and the couple’s 12-year-old daughter, Karissa, sustained a minor injury as a result of the dispute, police said in a press release.

Mother and daughter had run to a house nearby. Neighbor Paul Rowe took them to the North Country Family Health Center in Champlain for treatment.

Rowe told the Press-Republican he found a bloody knife in his pickup truck before he brought Mrs. Guay and Karissa for treatment. He handed it over to police.

Rouses Point Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief Walt Laramie said none of the injuries were a direct result of the fire.

But, “to the best of my knowledge, any pets that were in the house did not make it out.”

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