Catch And Release If You Are A Modern “Brownshirt”
A man in Portland, Oregon, was arrested twice this weekend and faces charges after police said he started several brush fires amid the disastrous wildfires on the West Coast.
On Sunday afternoon, police were called to assist Portland firefighters with a brush fire burning along the I-205 freeway. Police said 45-year-old Domingo Lopez Jr. started the fire by using a Molotov cocktail.
“Officers booked Domingo Lopez Jr., 45, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree. Arson investigators are also doing follow-up to see if other charges are warranted,” reads a statement from the Portland Police Department.
The statement said that firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and reported no injuries or damage to buildings.
The man was released, but police said he then started six more small brush fires early Monday morning along the freeway. “Portland Fire and Rescue extinguished three of them while passing community members put out the other three. All were caught early. No one was injured and no structures were burnt. Officers located Domingo Lopez, Junior walking along the shoulder and arrested him. They seized a lighter as evidence,” police said in a statement.