September 15, 2020

Man Set Free after Starting Wildfire Starts Six More

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

A man who set a wildfire with a Molotov cocktail was released and set six more fires, police have reported.

The Background:

The New York Post reports:

An Oregon man was charged with using a Molotov cocktail to start a brush blaze in the wildfire-devastated state — then busted again just hours later for allegedly going back and starting six more, cops said.

Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, was first arrested Sunday afternoon after witnesses told cops he started a fire on the grassy edge of a Portland freeway with an incendiary device made out of a plastic bottle with a wick, the Portland Police Bureau said.

He admitted starting the blaze, which was extinguished without any injuries or property damage, cops said.

Lopez Jr. was booked into jail at 6:45 p.m. Sunday on charges of reckless burning and second-degree disorderly conduct — then released on his own recognizance later that night, court records show.

Notable Quotes:

“The suspected Molotov cocktail attack comes as officials have also denied rumors that fires have been deliberately started by militants connected to ongoing Black Lives Matter protests.

  • The New York Post

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.

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