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P.E.I. man charged with arson, forcible confinement

Queens District RCMP responded to a report of an assault at 11 p.m. When officers arrived they noticed a fire at a nearby seasonal residence.   (CBC/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Queens District RCMP responded to a report of an assault at 11 p.m. When officers arrived they noticed a fire at a nearby seasonal residence. (CBC/Radio-Canada - image credit)

A man in his 30s from Belle River, P.E.I., has been charged with assault, forcible confinement and arson following an incident in Argyle Shore on Saturday night.

Queens District RCMP said they responded to a report of an assault at 11 p.m. When they arrived they noticed a fire at a nearby seasonal residence. The building was destroyed by the fire.

The man was arrested at the scene. Police said he was released on strict conditions and will appear in provincial court in Charlottetown on March 27.

RCMP Cpl. Gavin Moore said while the charges appear to be isolated to the individuals involved and he sees no threat to the general public, they are significant.

"The charges that have been laid here, unlawful confinement is a very serious charge and arson, of course, is extremely serious."