Cops: Islip man charged with arson set house on fire, barricaded himself

An arson suspect was arrested after he set fire to and barricaded himself inside an Islip residence and threatened police, Suffolk County police said.

Peter Marren, 45, of Islip, had to be rescued from the Main Street home after Third Precinct patrol Officers Arthur DeBono and Todd Jackson responded to a call for a domestic incident at the residence at 1:36 a.m. Saturday. A short time later, Marren set the house on fire and barricaded himself inside, police said.

The officers, along with Third Precinct Patrol Sgt. Andrew Manfredonia, entered the burning home and attempted to talk the suspect into coming out. Marren, who was armed with a knife, wouldn't comply and threatened to harm officers and himself, police said.


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Police were able to take Marren into custody with the assistance of officers from the Emergency Service Section, police said.

Members of the Islip Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Manfredonia, DeBono and Jackson were treated for smoke inhalation at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Marren was treated at Southside for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Marren was charged with third-degree arson and criminal contempt. He is scheduled for arraignment at a later date.

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