LARKSVILLE — Police allege Terence Gordon Jr., 18, nearly caused a catastrophe when he turned on stove burners and tossed an oven mitt that caught fire inside a house while people were sleeping, according to charges filed.
Gordon, of Carlisle Street, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Friday by District Judge David Barilla in Swoyersville on three counts each of endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct, and one count each of burglary, arson, risking a catastrophe, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and harassment.
He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.
Police said the incident happened just after 2:30 Monday morning.
According to the criminal complaint:
Gordon entered the house on Nesbitt Street by opening a dining room window. He went to a second-floor room and argued with his girlfriend while the girl’s mother, Sunny Auer and her boyfriend, Peter Abbruzzi, slept in a bedroom.
The girl told police Gordon was intoxicated and injured her. She refused medical treatment.
Auer and Abbruzzi were awakened by the disturbance and odor of smoke. Abbruzzi went to the first floor and found an open window and an oven mitt on fire on top of the stove that had its burners ignited, the complaint says.
Abbruzzi was able to move the flaming mitt to the sink to extinguish it, according to the complaint.
The girl told police she believed Gordon lived on a side street on the Hanover Township side of the Carey Avenue Bridge.
Police said Gordon left the house by going out the window and ran down Nesbitt Street.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Dec. 26.