Fire suspect accused of attempted murder
A man already in custody in connection with two recent house fires in Forest Grove has also now been charged with attempted aggravated murder.
As the Forest Grove Police Department continues its investigation into blazes in August and September on Hawthorne Street and Ninth Avenue, several more serious charges have been brought against the 19-year-old suspect, Henry Louis Gulacy.
Gulacy was arrested Sept. 27 on two counts of Arson I for allegedly starting two fires the first on Aug. 28 at a home in the 2100 block of Hawthorne Street where a family of five resided, and the second on Sept. 17 at a home/office building behind ProBuild in the 2300 block of Ninth Avenue.
Members of the family, awakened at 4:30 a.m. by a fire alarm, escaped their home without serious injury, authorities said, but the 100-year-old house sustained extensive damage.
The structure on Ninth Avenue was unoccupied, but its roof collapsed in the mid-September fire. The property has been vacant for some time and was up for sale, officials said.
On Monday, Oct. 5, the following charges were added to those already pending against Gulacy: 13 counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder (based on different theories of how or why the arson started); two counts of Arson I; one county of Arson II; one county of Burglary I; one count of Burglary II; three counts of Theft II; and three counts of Unlawful Entry to Motor Vehicle.
The Theft II and Unlawful Entry to Motor Vehicle charges stem from stolen property found in Gulacys possession on the day of his arrest, said Capt. Mike Herb, spokesman for the FGPD. They were associated with thefts from vehicles reported the night before (Sept. 26) in the Tamarack Way area in Southeast Forest Grove.
Gulacys preliminary hearing took place Monday.
His next court appearance, a case management conference, is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 26.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT