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Police arrest alleged arsonist

Tigard Police arrested a homeless man who allegedly broke into two work trucks on Main Street, before lighting one of them on fire.

Charles Wayne Bliss, 48, was arrested Friday after a couple driving by saw him fleeing the area, said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf. Bliss

The couple was driving down Southwest Main Street near Southwest Burnham Street at about 7:20 p.m., when they saw a man running from Perma-Treat, a granite and tile cleaning service located at 12525 S.W. Main St.

According to Wolf, the couple noticed a vehicle on fire in the business’ parking lot behind the building and called 911.

Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue quickly extinguished the fire, and officers located the suspect a short time later based on the couple’s description. The suspect was identified as Bliss.

The two Perma-Treat vehicles had several shattered windows, and interior contents from the vehicles were strewn about the parking lot.

Wolf said one of the vehicles, a Chevrolet S-10 pickup, had its gas cap removed and a rag stuffed inside its tank. Charred material was reportedly found around the gas intake.

Fire district crews were able to extinguish the blaze before the fire became fully involved and spread to nearby businesses. However, the second truck parked nearby did sustain some fire damage, Wolf said.

Bloodied clothing found by police at the scene were consistent with visible cuts on Bliss' body, Wolf said.

Bliss was lodged in the Washington County Jail. He faces charges of second-degree arson, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and second-degree theft. Bliss was also arrested on an outstanding warrant issued in Washington.




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