GETTYSBURG - Federal authorities say a man faces criminal charges after he made threats and set fire to 250 hay bales inside Gettysburg National Military Park.

The U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg charged 41-year-old Gary DuRocher on Monday with simple assault and felony malicious mischief for the Friday night incident that allegedly began with him pulling a boy from a vehicle at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

Park officials say DuRocher left the scene on foot around 6 p.m.

After a large search, he was arrested on the Gettysburg College campus.

He's accused of igniting the hay fire near Biglerville Road.

He's also charged with sending threatening texts to an ex-girlfriend during the incident.

The public defender listed on DuRocher's online court docket didn't immediately return a message.



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