Oregon man arrested twice in 12 hours after starting "multiple fires" along Portland freeway

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 14th, 2020 2:44 pm

Portland Police Bureau

Last Updated Sep 15th, 2020 at 11:35 am

An Oregon man was arrested Monday morning for using a Molotov cocktail to ignite a brush fire along a Portland freeway, fewer than 12 hours after he was released from custody for setting another fire along the same road, according to local police.

The Portland Police Bureau said that officers were dispatched around 3:37 a.m. Monday to a report that "multiple fires" had been set along Interstate 205. Officers found Domingo Lopez, Jr., 45, walking on the shoulder of the freeway and arrested him, seizing a lighter as evidence in the process.

Portland police said no one was injured and no structures were damaged by the six blazes.

"Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three," police said. "All were caught early."

Monday's incident came fewer than 12 hours after Lopez had started another fire along the same stretch of highway at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday.

After police responded to assist Portland Fire & Rescue quench the fire, a witness pointed out the arson suspect in a nearby tent.

Police identified the suspect as Lopez, who confirmed he had lit the fire. He was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct and released shortly after. He then set the six additional fires Monday morning.

The Portland Police Bureau reported that Lopez had been transported to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation.


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