A Phillipsburg man has admitted to trying to set fire earlier this year to an Easton mobile home, one that was occupied at the time by three people, including a toddler.
William C. Hubbard, 46, pleaded guilty in Northampton County Court Thursday to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and possessing an incendiary device, the Morning Call reports. He is due to be sentenced July 3.
According to police, Hubbard showed up at the mobile home at 805 Canal St. on Feb. 6 and tried to get in. When he couldn't, he began pouring gasoline onto the home, and talking to the three people inside -- a 27-year-old man, an 18-year-old man, and a 2-year-old girl.
"Do you smell that?" Hubbard allegedly said. "You're all going to burn."
Eventually, he was able to get in and grab the owner of the home, Drew Freeman, by the throat, police said.
But officers were on their way, and Hubbard ran out the door and was detained, police said.
According to police, Hubbard smelled like gasoline, and investigators found a gas can near the home