Burrillville man arrested after paranoid episode, allegedly stealing neighbor’s truck


BURRILLVILLE – A 29-year-old Burrillville man is facing felony charges after allegedly stealing a truck out of his neighbor’s driveway, later asking officers not to turn him over to the cartel, in what police described as an incident of paranoid behavior.

Edward Marsh III was arrested and charged with larceny and possession of a weapon following the incident on Tuesday, July 27.

Police reportedly were responding to calls regarding a suspicious male on Wallum Lake Road telling people he was being chased, when another call came in about a stolen vehicle. Officers cut off the truck, a gray Dodge, in a high risk traffic stop, taking Marsh into custody without incident.

“Mr. Marsh exhibited extremely paranoid behaviors, repeatedly asking officers not to shoot him and not to turn him over to the cartel,” the report notes.

Police found a a checkbook belonging to the truck’s owner in Marsh’s pocket. In the front seat area, officers found a four-inch-long knife, which the owner said did not belong to him.

At the station, Marsh attempted to escape through a side door, according to police. When he was given the chance to make a phone call, he called two numbers where no one answered, and on a third attempt he dialed 911 and asked for the number of a lawyer.

“He was promptly returned to cell #1,” the arrest report states. “He repeatedly asked officers if they were going to let the dogs eat him.”

Marsh was transported to Landmark Medical Center for an evaluation, but was ultimately returned to the station and held overnight.

He was arraigned on Wednesday, July 28 and released on $5,000 personal recognizance, and the condition that he receive pre-trial services to evaluate for substance abuse and mental health.

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