PF&R's Arson Squad Arrests Suspected Serial Arsonist (Photo)

December 07, 2016 15:40

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Portland Fire & Rescue responded to four suspicious fires this morning. Two fires were at 4400 NE Broadway, 7:20 am and 7:50 am, and two fires were at 4420 NE Hancock, both around 9:30 am. The last fire at 9:30 am at Grocery Outlet, 4420 NE Hancock St., was inside the front doors of the occupied grocery store. PF&R's Fire Investigator was in the area and when he arrived at the store, he noticed the suspect and arrested David B. Stewart, 08/01/1970.

David B. Stewart is being charged with two counts of Arson 1, a measure 11 crime.

Bystanders at the grocery store extinguished the fire inside the store with a portable extinguisher prior to fire crews arrival. Bystanders also detained the suspect until PF&R's Fire Investigator was able to take the suspect into custody.

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