Arrest in Arson Case

March 11, 2013
Arson Arrest

On March 9, 2013, at approximately 0340 hours, Portland Police officers responded to 135 Congress Street for the report of a suspicious male inside the building. A resident awoke to find a man standing in his bedroom, the resident was able to push the man into the hallway and call police. Officers located 24 year-old, Elroy Montes-Lopez of 96 Morning Street attempting to flee from inside the building. The building’s smoke detectors were sounding as officers and the building’s owner located a fire in a common hallway closet. Residents of the building had to be evacuated through the rear entrance of the building due to the rapid spreading of the fire. The Portland Fire Department responded and subsequently extinguished the fire. The building sustained fire and water damage preventing the residents from returning to their apartments. There were no injuries reported however a residents two cats and a dog succumbed to the fire.
Montes-Lopez was arrested and charged with Arson, Class A and Criminal Trespass, Class D.
Bail has been set at $20,000 dollars cash.
The investigation is being conducted by the City of Portland’s Fire Investigation Team whose members include investigators from the Portland Police and Fire Departments.
The arrest photo of Montez-Lopez is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation.