PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A 45-year-old man was arrested Sunday evening and then again Monday morning after Portland police say he lit several fires along Interstate 205.

The Portland Police Bureau said officers responded to assist Portland Fire & Rescue at 4:35 p.m. Sunday to a reported brush fire in the 9600 block of East Burnside Street.

At the scene, officers found a section of grass along the I-205 freeway that was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. Police said no one was injured and no structures were damaged in the fire.

About an hour later, officers were flagged down by a witness, who pointed out the suspect – a man in a nearby tent.

Officers arrested the man, who confirmed he lit the fire with a Molotov cocktail.

Police seized a plastic bottle with a wick as evidence.

The suspect, identified as Domingo Lopez Jr., was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.

Lopez was then released. 

Hours later, at 3:37 a.m. Monday, officers responded again to assist PF&R after more fires were reported along the interstate. 

Six small fires were lit along the west side of I-205. Police said firefighters 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.

Officers located Lopez walking along the shoulder and arrested him again. A light was seized as evidence. 

PPB said Lopez was transported to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold for a mental health evaluation. 

He now faces seven counts of reckless burning and one count of second-degree disorderly conduct for all of the fires. 

PPB said after the Sunday fire that arson investigators were doing follow-up to determine if other charges are warranted.

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ChicagoMan7

Haa, Wheeler and Hardesty put up the money themselves to get him out and had him over for dinner at their homes.

Cat of the Canals

Oregon has room for improvement and at some point the unqualified people in positions of power will no longer be in power. It doesn't need to be a huge problem, it's just basic human growing pains.

Big Dangling Ding Dong

You can thank Teddy "Bear" Wheeler and Kathy Brownstain for this.

Eliza Cassan

Whoever made the choice to let this guy go should take a tour of the destroyed homes caused by wildfires and personally rebuild them. Outrageous

racecar57

Continuing on my last post we already have public defenders for the losers we don't need a public defender in the DA's office. Public defenders never should be allowed to run for the DA's office. Public defenders many times develop a defective mind set !!!

racecar57

What is wrong with our justice system that a arsonist would be released during a very high fire danger when our firefighting system is stretched pass its limit ? Please don't tell me this was done by the worthless Portland DA. Because if it was him someone needs to put him in jail before he causes more damage then he already has. We need laws to punish rouge officials like this !! A few jail terms and they will get the idea that they are for the working people and not the losers in society !!!!!

Rocky_2020

Oh but that can not be because Gov. Brown and Teddy Wheeler say their thugs are not setting fires in Oregon. Right!

RIP PDX

The real story is the DA let this guy go and he immediately offend again. The MultCo DA is the cause off all of these problems

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

So at first they let this guy go, a man throwing molotav cocktails starting fires in the worst fire season in memory? What kind of enforcement is this? Of course he did it again

Frederick Fukov

It's not the enforcement. It's Joann Hardesty, Ted the Child, and Mike Schmidt the DA.

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