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Judge denies request for release from jail as DA submits official charges of arson, trespassing

Last week, Clackamas County deputy district attorney Brian R. Powell officially accused the man suspected of setting fire to a former paper-mill office building.

PMG PHOTO: JIM REDDEN - A file damaged a building at the former Blue Heron paper mill on Dec. 5.Oregon City police arrested Enrique Omar Mejia, 29, for the Saturday, Dec. 5, fire at the former Blue Heron paper mill.

Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Susie L. Norby denied Mejia's request for release from jail and set his bail at $100,000, finding that the denial of his release was necessary to ensure "community safety" and the defendant's appearance in court on charges of arson, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

CCSO - Enrique Omar MejiaWitnesses and police officers said they observed Mejia throwing items from a window of a building at the mill prior to the blaze starting.

Mejia's previous convictions include a 2018 disorderly-conduct charge in Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. A witness called Mejia an "intoxicated male with an open container (who) had thrown an unknown object at a taxi."

According to public records, Lincoln City's responding police officer Torin Linden asked Mejia why he was yelling, and Mejia initially claimed he had not been shouting.

"I explained that I had watched him, and he claimed that he had been yelling because he was afraid of me," Linden wrote in the report.

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