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Court Documents Reveal New Details in Case of Marlborough Man Charged With Arson

Court documents are revealing new information in the case of a Marlborough man charged with arson after a fire at his parent’s house Monday.

Police arrested 27-year-old Reid Keener, of Marlborough, earlier this week after a fire at his parent’s home on West Road in Marlborough.

According to the arrest warrant, state police were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. Monday to assist the Marlborough Fire Department. The fire had already been put out by the homeowners when crews arrived.

The homeowners told police that they believed their son Reid Keener, who also lives in the home, started the fire. They said that Keener was on the autism spectrum and also suffered from schizophrenia, and had not been taking his medication. According to the warrant, Keener was anxious in social settings.

Keener’s parents went on to explain that they were planning to open a “wellness center” at their home and Keener did not like the idea of people coming to their home.

The victim’s mother told police she thought the fire was set “in an act of defiance” because Keener did not want people in the home, according to the warrant.

Investigators found evidence of arson in the home.

Crews searched the woods for Keener and eventually found him around 2 p.m. in a nearby lake and transported him to Hartford Hospital to be evaluated.

Police recovered clothing he had discarded near the lake, and an accelerant detection K9 alerted positive to the possible presence of accelerants on the clothing, and on Keener himself, the warrant states.

Keener was discharged from the hospital into State Police custody and he held on a $25,000 bond on the arrest warrant from an unrelated incident.

He was charged with arson in the first degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree and criminal mischief in the first degree.

Bond was set at $500,000. 

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