Crime Man arrested for starting six brush fires along Portland, Oregon freeway
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A man was arrested for starting six brush fires along a Portland, Ore., freeway, just hours after being released for setting another fire.
Police in Portland arrested Domingo Lopez, who they found walking along the west side of Interstate 205, police said in a statement, after they discovered a half-dozen more fires.
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The 45-year-old had only just been released after his arrest Sunday for setting a brush fire with a Molotov cocktail.
“A suspect arrested last evening for starting a brush fire was arrested again after he started six more small fires,” Portland police said in aMonday. “On Monday, September 14, 2020 at 3:37 a.m., 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. Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three. All were caught early. No one was injured and no structures were burnt.”
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Soon after that, officers located Lopez walking along the shoulder and arrested him, seizing a lighter as evidence. He was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, police said, and issued six citations for Reckless Burning.
During his first arrest, hours earlier, police responded to an assist call for a section of grass burning along the highway. Firefighters put it out, and there were no injuries or damage, police said. An hour later, a witness pointed police toward a tent where Lopez was staying, and he confessed to setting the first fire.
Officers seized a “plastic bottle with a wick” and booked him on second-degree Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct. Possible arson charges are pending, police said.
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