ALIQUIPPA (KDKA) — Authorities responded to a bizarre situation in Beaver County this morning.
A man, wearing little clothing, was found lying outside of his burning home. When police tried to help, he allegedly became quite combative.
The windows are now broken out and there’s a large hole cut out of the roof of the James Street home.
They are visual reminders of what would be a wild night for Hopewell Township and assisting Aliquippa police officers and freighters.
“Officers arrived, they found a man lying outside of his residence on James Street,” said Chief Gene Ungarean, of Hopewell Police. “When they approached the residence, they saw smoke coming from the residence.”
The man found lying on the lawn is identified as the home’s owner, 60-year-old Anthony Dicicco. Officials say he was half clothed and in a severally altered state.
“Very agitated and combative,” said Chief Ungarean.
Police say Dicicco was so agitated he fought with at least four officers. According to authorities, Dicicco only came under police control after a Taser was used several times.
At one point during his struggle with police, Dicicco reportedly told police his wife or girlfriend was in the burning home.
That’s when an Aliquippa police officer went inside. He had to crawl to avoid the smoke, but smelled gas and decided he’d better get out.
It turns out; no one else was inside, according to Chief Ungarean.
The fire was eventually put out. Dicicco was taken for mental evaluation and a medical checkup.
Right now, he is facing assault charges.
Meanwhile, the fire remains under investigation.
“The state police fire marshal looking into it right now,” said Chief Ungarean.