Suspect Arrested For Setting 7 Fires In SE Portland

Elias Hubbard
September 16, 2020

Portland police arrested a man for starting a fire with a molotov cocktail and released him, only to take him into custody again the next day for allegedly setting six more fires.

Roughly an hour later, authorities said some officers were flagged down by a witness who indicated that a man in a nearby tent was involved in the fire.

Shortly after 4p.m. on Sunday, Portland Police were called to assist firefighters in extinguishing a small brush fire along Interstate 205, which caused no injuries or structural damages.

The incident seems to be a part of a revolving door policy, with Portland police regularly arresting people during nightly riots taking place for more than 100 days in the city and then releasing them nearly immediately.

Officers recovered a plastic bottle with a wick and seized it as evidence, posting a photo of it in their report. Drivers and firefighters put out the fires before they got out of control.

Officers found Lopez walking along the shoulder and arrested him again.

No one was injured and no structures were damaged due to the fires, but OR is now battling wildfires that have "substantially destroyed" multiple towns, according to the governor.

The suspect was identified as Domingo Lopez Jr.

Lopez admitted to lighting the fire, and he was booked on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree, according to the report. He is undergoing a mental health evaluation.

Police said arson investigators were following up to see if any other charges are warranted.

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