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Pembroke Man Charged with Dousing Girls with Gasoline

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PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Pembroke man accused of dousing his girlfriend’s teenage daughters with gasoline while holding a lighter has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 45-year-old William Rearick at his arraignment Thursday in Plymouth District Court. He was charged with a variety of offenses, including two counts of assault with intent to commit murder.

Authorities say he returned home Wednesday afternoon with a tank of propane and a canister of gasoline. The girls, 14 and 17, told police he opened the propane tank and flicked the lighter as the gas filled the air. When the girls tried to call 911, he allegedly doused them with gasoline and poured some on the floor. One girl ran to another room to call police.