Arson suspect caught after early morning confrontation
A 58-year-old man who police say may be responsible for several Dumpster fires around Portland was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after he threw rocks at officers and set a bush on fire.
Police said Marty C. Haines was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree attempted assault, reckless burning, second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and attempted assault on a police officer.
According to police, Central Precinct officers were called at about 4:05 a.m. Sept. 12, to Northwest 16th Avenue and Johnson Street where Portland Fire and Rescue crews had located a person they think might be responsible for setting several trash containers on fire around the city.
While officers searched the area, firefighters were busy putting out another trash container fire near Northwest 13th Avenue and Lovejoy Street. They told police the suspect in that fire was seen in the area after assaulting a person walking through the neighborhood.
Officers found the suspect, who began throwing rocks at them, breaking a patrol car's window. As officers tried to talk the man into surrendering, the suspect lit nearby bushes on fire, according to police.
The suspect was eventually corralled and taken into custody. He was treated by medical personnel at the scene and then lodged in jail.