Arson suspect arrested, released, re-arrested

  • Arson suspect arrested, released, re-arrested

Arson suspect arrested, released, re-arrested

With the West Coast ravaged by wildfires, an OR man was recently arrested for adding to the devastation.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in Portland, Ore.

Authorities said police officers and firefighters responded to a brush fire on East Burnside where it crosses over Interstate-205 around 4:30 p.m. on September 13.

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.

Barely 12 hours later, on Monday morning around 3 a.m., Lopez was allegedly back at it.

Lopez Jr. used a molotov cocktail, a plastic bottle with a wick, to ignite the blaze.

The Portland Police Department said in a statement that firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and there were no structural damages. Drivers and firefighters put out the fires before they got out of control.

Lopez is the fifth individual to be arrested on suspicion of arson as fires burn through West Coast states.

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

45, was arrested for using a Molotov Cocktail to start the brush fire and booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of reckless burning and second degree disorderly conduct. He is undergoing a mental health evaluation. He was also issued citations for six more counts of reckless burning.

Police said arson investigators will also determine if additional charges are warranted. Their story can be found here.

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