Molotov cocktail incident spurs eviction talk
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Suspect arrested at Occupy camps
Portland police have arrested a suspect associated with Occupy Portland for using a Molotov cocktail to firebomb the Word Trade Center late Tuesday.
David Joseph Hodsen, 29, is charged with first-degree arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of a destructive device, and criminal mischief.
Hodsen was arrested Wednesday morning.
According to police, at 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 8, Central Precinct officers responded to a call of a Molotov cocktail being set off at the center, located at 121 Southwest Salmon. Damage was minimal and arson investigators have started an investigation into the incident.
Mayor Sam Adams spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon about how he's keeping a balanced approach to Occupy Portland, but said the Molotov cocktail incident was out of bounds, and the city has to bring it back into bounds.
Adams was scheduled to talk police later that afternoon, and promised that an aggressive and assertive investigation into the incident was underway. Portland is just one of numerous cities dealing with the Occupy movement, he said, and he's constantly tracking events elsewhere. As far as he knows, the Occupy Bend camp is one of just a few if not the only one that's voluntarily decamped. Portland Police are continuing crack down on illegal activities at the camp. He said Portland has one of the higher number of arrests.
In the press release announcing the incident, police said that on Monday, Oct. 31, officers 'received unconfirmed information that a person or people within the Occupy Portland encampments at Chapman and Lownsdale Square Parks may be constructing or have constructed Molotov cocktails.'
Molotov cocktails are glass bottles filled with a flammable liquid such as gasoline, with a rag or cloth used as a wick.
Police originally said the information about the Molotov cocktails in the Occupy camps has not been confirmed. 'Investigators are working to learn more about this information and are asking for the public's help,' according to police.
In the release, police accused one or more unnamed Occupy Portland protesters of assembling and storing Molotov cocktails like the one thrown Tuesday evening at the downtown World Trade Center.
The center is a few blocks east of Chapman and Lownsdale squares, where between 200 and 400 protesters have been camped for more than a month.
FOX 12 contributed to this story.