Arson suspect arrested, released, re-arrested
A man who had already been arrested after being accused of starting a small brush fire along Interstate-205 with a "Molotov cocktail" Sunday afternoon was arrested again for starting several more fires less than 12 hours later.
Authorities said police officers and firefighters responded to a brush fire on East Burnside where it crosses over Interstate-205 around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 13. There, officers found a small area of grass burning along the Interstate. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
Roughly an hour later, authorities said some officers were flagged down by a witness who indicated that a man in a nearby tent was involved in the fire. Officers arrested the suspect, who police said then admitted to lighting the fire. A plastic bottle with a wick was also seized as evidence.
In the early hours of Monday morning, the same suspect was again arrested after allegedly starting six more fires.
Shortly after 3:30 a.m., police officers and firefighters were called out on a report of multiple fires burning along the west side of I-205. The fires were caught early and were quickly put out by fire crews as well as various community members who had been passing by. No one was hurt and no structures were affected.
Police then found the same suspect as the previous evening and arrested him once again, seizing a lighter as evidence.
The suspect was identified as Domingo Lopez Jr. After his first arrest, he faced charges of reckless burning and disorderly conduction. After his second arrest, he was sent to a hospital for a mental evaluation. He was also issued citations for six more counts of reckless burning.
Police said arson investigators will also determine if additional charges are warranted.
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