Man Arrested For Starting Wildfire With Molotov Cocktail, Gets Released From Jail, Starts 6 More Fires: Police

A person who has been detained in Oregon(OR) after reportedly utilizing a Molotov cocktail to begin a wildfire has been thereafter declared from jail however rearrested under 24 hours thereafter for reportedly beginning 6 extra small fires.

Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, has been detained after utilizing a Molotov cocktail “to begin a small brush fire,” the Portland Police Bureau stated in an announcement Mon..

“On Sun., Sep 13, 2024 in 4:35p.m., East Precinct officials have been dispatched to help Portland Fire & Rescue with a brush fire within the 9600 stop of East Burnside Street,” the announcement reads. “Officials saw that a segment of grass along the I-205 freeway has been burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No 1 has been wounded & no structures have been damaged.”

“Regarding an hour thereafter, East officials have been flagged down by a witness who pointed out the suspect in a close by tent,” the announcement continues. “Officials detained the suspect, who affirmed he lit the fire with the device.”

Officials booked Lopez Jr. into the Multnomah County Detention Centre “on charges of Reckless Burning & Disorderly Carry out within the 2nd Graduation,” the announcement sums. “Arson detectives are also doing follow-up to watch in case different charges are warranted.”

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