Woman threatens to harm herself in Lewiston Police Department lobby

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LEWISTON — A woman doused in gasoline and threatening to set herself on fire at the police station was subdued and taken to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The woman appeared to be “very distraught,” Lt. David St. Pierre said.

She stood in the lobby of the police station with a lighter, threatening to ignite her clothing shortly after 12:30 p.m.

After speaking with the woman, police were able to disarm her with the aid of blankets and a fire extinguisher.

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Firefighters and an ambulance crew stood by.

She was not charged, St. Pierre said.

She was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Crisis Center for evaluation.

Rescue personnel gather outside the Lewiston Police Department after a woman who threatened harm to herself was removed from the department lobby. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Lewiston police staged outside the department building Tuesday afternoon on Park Street after a woman threatened harm to herself in the lobby. (Chris Williams/Sun Journal)

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