Despite what you may have seen on Facebook, two men arrested in Clackamas County on arson charges were not associated with the season's deadly wildfires.
Would-be internet sleuths quickly spread mugshots of the two men after finding the arson charges on the Clackamas County Jail roster, which is public. Sammy Scott Piatt and Ignat Shchetinin were indeed arrested, but police say they are not black-clad saboteurs.
Oregon City Police say Piatt, 53, no address, set a pile of leaves on fire near the Clackamas County Community Solutions workforce training and youth services office, 112 11th St., around 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.
A probation officer reportedly spotted smoke coming from the leaves and quickly put out the burn with a fire extinguisher. The fire was 10 feet from the building, which remains unharmed.
Piatt allegedly admitted to starting the fire and faces second-degree arson charges, plus a probation violation for drug charges. He remains in jail at this time on $100,000 bail.
On Monday, Sept. 7, in an unrelated incident, Clackamas Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of merchandise set on fire at a Fred Meyer department store, 16301 SE 82nd Drive, in Clackamas.
Police say they obtained surveillance footage of the incident and spotted the suspect — Shchetinin, 37 — nearby on Highway 212.
Police say Shchetinin also allegedly confessed to lighting clothes on fire inside the store using a purple Bic lighter.
"He did this to get the attention of a person who wouldn't speak with him," police say.
He is being held on $250,000 bail at the jail on charges of first-degree arson and possession of drugs.
"We want to emphasize the importance of: if you see something, say something," authorities say. "If you see something suspicious please call 911 or nonemergency dispatch."
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