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Wakefield man arrested for setting fire to girlfriend's truck

July 26, 2012
WAKEFIELD — A Wakefield man is being held on $10,000 bail at the county jail on a charge of arson for allegedly setting his girlfriend's truck on fire on July 19 in Wakefield.

Richard Schoonmaker, 40, was arrested without incident and charged with arson after police received a call from his girlfriend that her truck was on fire and was parked close to the house on David Drive. She reported that her boyfriend had set the fire and had run off in the woods, possibly with a gun.

At the time, Wakefield Police were at an unrelated domestic violence call on Evergreen Road so requested assistance from Carroll County Sheriff's Department, N.H. State Police, and Ossipee Police Department to help with the David Drive call. A Wakefield officer arrived a short time later and a search of the woods to track down Schoonmaker was conducted. After a few hours, he was found and arrested. The fire department was called to the vehicle fire. According to police, the girlfriend was able to contain the fire. The vehicle's electrical system was damaged.

The next day, from the jail, Schoonmaker was arraigned via video arraignment. Though police were able to locate him through a search, they were not able to find the rifle. Around 7 p.m. July 20 officers returned to the David Drive home to search for the missing rifle. Within a short period, N.H. Fish and Game Officer Mark Hensel and his K-9 unit Sig located the rifle in the woods. According to police, the entire incident remains under investigation and additional charges are expected.

Hensel and Sig also captured news headlines last month when the duo was credited with locating a missing toddler in Farmington who had wandered away from a campsite and was missing for nearly four hours.

As for the outcome of the Evergreen Road call that police were dealing with when the David Drive arson call came in, an arrest also resulted. According to a statement from Wakefield Police, Mallory Laughy, 28, of Effingham was arrested and charged with domestic-violence-related simple assault, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, and criminal threatening. That investigation remains ongoing as well.

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