PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A Portland man was arrested in Vancouver for intentionally setting a large dumpster on fire outside the Portland Police Bureau's north precinct, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Oregon said.

Gavaughn Gaquez Streeter-Hillerich, 22, has been charged by criminal complaint with two counts of using fire to maliciously damage and attempt to damage a building, which police said houses the police bureau's north precinct and various private businesses.

Streeter-Hillerich was caught on video intentionally setting the fire on top of the dumpster near the building's northwest exterior corner, according to court documents. The dumpster had been pushed up against plywood affixed to the building to protect windows and prevent break-ins.

The fire damaged the building, though officers were able to extinguish it before firefighters arrived on scene.

Had it been allowed to spread, it would have threatened the safety of 15 police personnel and four people in custody inside the building, according to the attorney's office.

Streeter-Hillerich was identified as a suspect after a private citizen submitted video evidence of the fire. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Vancouver on Tuesday.

Streeter-Hillerich made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday and was released pending further court proceedings. Arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years, according to the attorney's office.

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Roberto Estrello Demar

After his first appearance in Federal Court, this guy was RELEASED ... PENDING further court actions!?!?!?!? (Sigh!) Oh well ... My home was threatened (and others destroyed, some people burned to death) by this latest spate of fires in Oregon. Regardless of all that, I believe I could be an impartial juror. And I would consider it to be an honor to serve.

Roberto Estrello Demar

If enough verbiage is applied to his plea bargains, he might sue the Feds for violating his First Amendment rights. After all, in arson against an occupied structure (attempted homicide) he was "only making a statement."

Son of Fukov

Minimum 5 years in prison if the feds get you. All of a sudden it isn't fun and games anymore. Maybe the feds can also arrest Wheeler, Hardesty,on up to Brown for encouraging this behavior, hamstringing LE, reckless endangerment of the public, etc.

Big Dangling Ding Dong

I have no clue why this man would set his own home on fire. Maybe he was unhappy with his lease agreement?

Husky Loyalist

Those darn lightening strikes.

lanquan

Thank God the Fed's are prosecuting this waste of air! If DA Schmidt saw him, he would have taken him out for dinner

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