Man Who Started Wildfire With Molotov Cocktail Released From Jail, Then Starts 6 More
45-year-old Domingo Lopez Jr. was first arrested for starting wildfires
A man who has arrested for starting a huge wildfire using a Molotov cocktail along a Portland freeway was released from jail, but hours later he was rearrested for starting even more fires.
45-year-old Domingo Lopez Jr. was first arrested on September 13, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Police were dispatched to the I-205 freeway to assist Portland Fire & Rescue with a fire.
“Officers saw that a section of grass along the I-205 freeway was burning. Firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was injured and no structures were damaged," the statement added.
“About an hour later, East officers were flagged down by a witness who pointed out the suspect in a nearby tent,” the statement continues.
“Officers arrested the suspect, who confirmed he lit the fire with the device.”
Authorities arrested Lopez Jr. “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.”
Investigators recovered the evidence of what Lopez used to start the fires.
Lopez Jr. was booked into jail Sunday evening on charges of “reckless burning and second-degree disorderly conduct” but was released on the same night, the New York Post reported.
“The alleged arson comes as Oregon is one of the worst hit by wildfires devastating the West Coast, with at least 10 dead in the Beaver State,” the Post notes.
But Lopez was arrested just hours later for allegedly starting more fires after his release.
“On Monday, September 14, 2020, at 3:37a.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched with Portland Fire and Rescue to a report of multiple fires burning along the west side of the I-205 freeway,” the Portland Police Bureau said in a separate statement.
“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.”
The suspect was six additional times on counts of Reckless Burning.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection issued a press release stating:
CAL FIRE Law Enforcement has determined the El Dorado Fire, burning near Oak Glen in San Bernardino County, was caused by a smoke generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party. The fire began at 10:23 am on September 5, 2020 in the El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa. The fire spread from the park to the north on to Yucaipa Ridge that separates Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls from the City of Yucaipa. CAL FIRE reminds the public that with the dry conditions and critical fire weather, it doesn’t take much to start a wildfire. Those responsible for starting fires due to negligence or illegal activity can be held financially responsible and criminally responsible.
Police still yet to disclose Lopez's motive for starting the fires.
But many reports have suggested militants are connected to Antifa and are purposefully starting fires.
Many have taken to Twitter to blame Lopez for climate change, a narrative the Democrats are pushing as the reason for the wildfires.
Climate change is some Hispanic dude named Domingo Lopez Jr., 45 years old.— PixelNig (@PixelNig) September 15, 2020
NOT CLIMATE CHANGE: Oregon Man Charged with Starting Fire with Molotov Cocktail - Went Back and Started 6 More Fires After Release https://t.co/PaNbPRsoI0 via @gatewaypundit
Future generations will refer to Climate Change as “Domingo Lopez Jr.” https://t.co/STWPeHPt4C— Rob Akers (@rob_akers) September 14, 2020
Domingo Lopez Jr. was arrested, using a Molotov Cocktail to start the brush fire & booked in the #MultnomahCountyDetentionCenter on charges of reckless burning & second degree disorderly conduct.— BigDaddyJoGo (@BigDaddyJoGo) September 15, 2020
Lopez was later released & and started 6 more fires.
BREAKING: Within hours after being released for allegedly starting a brush fire in Portland using a molotov cocktail, Domingo Lopez Jr. allegedly started six more fires along the west side of the I-205 freeway. He's been arrested again. #OregonFires https://t.co/2PJpGFqIm8— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 14, 2020