Despite tweets from the FBI’s Portland branch claiming that arsonists aren’t causing wildfires, the Portland Police arrested a suspect last evening for starting a brush fire- and they arrested him the next day after letting him out with no bail.
On Sunday afternoon, PPD East Precinct officers were dispatched to assist Portland Fire and Rescue with a brush fire in the 9600 block of East Burnside Street. Officers saw that a section of grass along the I-205 freeway was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured and no structures were damaged.
According to a PPD report, East officers were later flagged down by a witness who pointed out the suspect in a nearby tent. Officers arrested the suspect, who confirmed he lit the fire with the device.
Officers seized a plastic bottle with a wick as evidence (photos).
Officers booked Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Arson investigators are also doing follow-up to see if other charges are warranted.
However, Lopez was soon back out on the streets, resuming his arson spree.
Early the next morning, PPD East Precinct officers were dispatched with Portland Fire and Rescue to a report of multiple fires burning along the west side of the I-205 freeway.
Due to a quick response, Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three.
No one was injured and no structures were burnt. Officers located suspect Domingo Lopez, Jr., walking along the shoulder and arresting him. They seized a lighter as evidence.
Lopez was transported to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation. He was issued citations for 6 additional counts of Reckless Burning.
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