Rhode Island man arrested for allegedly dumping hundreds of needles, syringes at public gazebo

William Otte, 56. (Credit: West Warwick Police Department)

A Rhode Island man is accused of leaving hundreds of uncapped needles and syringes at a public gazebo. 

West Warwick Police said on Sunday, an officer was conducting a routine search at Arctic Majestic Gazebo.

The officer observed the dangerous items scattered on a concrete pad under the gazebo. The officer also observed some form of writing from a bar soap, but the wording was "illogical" and "fragmented."

Police called a biohazard mitigation company to remove the syringes and needles and properly disposed of them. 

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After an investigation, officers arrested 56-year-old William Otte and charged him vandalism. 

According to WJAR, local residents are petitioning to have police patrol the area 24/7. 

This story was reported from Los Angeles.