Starting ‘multiple’ fires near Portland freeway: Domingo Lopez Jr. Bio, Wiki, Age
Domingo Lopez Jr. is the man in Oregon was arrested early Monday for setting “multiple” fires along a freeway in Portland, hours after he was released from custody for setting another brush fire along the same roadway, according to police.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 14, 2020
The Portland Police Office said in a news release that the officers were dispatched around 3:37 a.m. Monday to a report of “multiple fires” on the west side of Interstate 205.
“Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three,” police said. “They were all caught early.”
Officers found Domingo López Jr., 45, walking alongside the shoulder and arrested him. A lighter was seized as evidence.
Authorities said no one was injured and no structures were set ablaze by the six fires early Monday. Lopez’s arrest was caught on camera by FOX12.
Monday morning’s incidents came less than 12 hours after another fire on the same stretch of the interstate.
Police said officers responded to help Portland Fire & Rescue at 4:35 p.m. Sunday along the I-205 freeway.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire and there was no structural damage. About an hour after the fire, a witness called officers and pointed out the suspect at a nearby store.
“The agents arrested the suspect, who confirmed that he lit the fire with the device,” stated the PPB.
Lopez was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduct in the second degree.
Lopez was later released and then started the six additional fires Monday morning, according to police.
The PPB said Lopez was taken to a hospital pending a police officer for a mental health evaluation. He now faces seven counts of reckless burning and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct for all the fires.
Police said after Sunday’s fire that arson investigators were following up to determine if other charges are warranted.
So far, four more have been arrested on suspicion of arson along the west coast as the region faces dozens of wildfires.
The death toll from the fires in California, Oregon and Washington has risen to at least 35 people as of Monday.
Despite the arson arrests, local police departments and the FBI have said there is no widespread evidence of arson in connection with some of the largest fires in the Northwest.
Facebook said Saturday that it has begun to remove false claims that various groups on the left and right started the deadly wildfires in Oregon.