Woodburn man charged with five counts of arson
A Woodburn man was denied bail after being charged with five counts of first-degree arson in connection with a domestic violence incident that shut down parts of downtown Woodburn on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
Samson Gabriel Hinsvark, 39, was indicted in Marion County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Jan. 29 for purposefully setting fire to his with five other people inside at the 100 block of Oswald Street a week earlier. He faces additional charges of unlawful use of a weapon for threatening a resident with a machete, strangulation and fourth-degree assault — a charge constituting domestic violence.
Law enforcement agencies from Woodburn, Gervais, Salem, and Aurora, as well as the Marion County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene last week, blocking off Doud Street between Lincoln and Young Streets, as was Oswald and Tooze streets in the vicinity of the incident.
According to the probable cause statement, officers arrived after 11 a.m. and contacted one of the victims, who was hiding in the bushes outside the home. She told officers that Hinsvark's behavior had been escalating in the days prior and that he had been up all night with a machete, cutting the walls and stabbing property in the room.
Hinsvark told the victim, he wanted to kill himself, and he was going to kill everyone in the house. She awoke at 6 a.m. to the house filled with smoke and discovered Hinsvark had placed plastic on a hot plate in an attempt to burn the house down, telling her, "You are all going to die."
She convinced Hinsvark to stop, but he became agitated and attacked her — knocking her over, putting his knees on her chest and choking her with two hands until she could not breathe. After 20 seconds, she played dead, and he let go, allowing her to escape. Hinsvark struck her on the back of the head twice as she fled the house and called 911.
Hinsvark barricaded himself inside the home with four other victims, two of whom were elderly with minimal mobility. Police and Marion County SWAT negotiated with Hinsvark for several hours before he surrendered to authorities around 3:40 p.m.
Once Samson was in custody, he was not able to give coherent statements. Police discovered that he had been tampering with the natural gas pipes on the water heater and could smell natural gas.
Samson is lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 4 at 1:10 p.m.
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