$1 million bail for Portland bomb suspect

$1 million bail for Portland bomb suspect

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by KGW Staff and Associated Press

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Posted on November 9, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 11 at 7:21 AM

PORTLAND -- Bail for a man inside the Occupy Portland camp Wednesday on accusations related to a Tuesday Molotov cocktail fire was raised to $1 million by a judge Thursday.

David Hodson, 29, was arraigned on first-degree arson, manufacturing a destructive device, possession of an explosive device and second-degree criminal mischief charges.

The accusations also include vandalism to the Smart Park garage at 123 SW Jefferson, according to  Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Paul Corah.

Hodson was also arrested Sunday on a reckless burning charge for trash fires that were started near the Occupy Portland encampments at Lownsdale and Chapman Square parks, according to Fire Bureau, Corah said.

Lt. Robert King said a Molotov cocktail caused minor damage Tuesday night on an external stairwell at the building at 121 SW Salmon. The building that was targeted is located one block east of the two parks where Occupy Portland demonstrators have been camped since Oct. 6.

Police received unconfirmed reports on Oct. 31 that gasoline-filled bottles with a cloth wick were being made within the Occupy Portland encampments at Lownsdale and Chapman Square parks, King said.

The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms assisted in the investigation.

”(Witnesses) saw them go into the camp. That does not necessarily mean that they are part of the camp," protester Gavin Carrots said. "Furthermore, if this is the kind of action that they’re carrying out then they are not part of this protest.”

In an interview Wednesday morning on OPB, Mayor Sam Adams said that a suspect in the World Trade Center bombing was seen returning to the camp. 

Portland's World Trade Center houses the headquarters for Oregon's largest electric utility, state offices, a number of law firms and the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Also on Wednesday, a source told The Oregonian that police were drawing up plans to remove the Occupy Portland campers from the downtown parks. The report said that police were ready to make the move as soon as the mayor gives the go-ahead.

More: City & police form plan for Occupy Portland removal

Anyone with information that may help investigators was asked to call detective Joe Luiz at (503) 823-3408.

Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests. Tips can be anonymous. Call  (503) 823-HELP (4357), leave a tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, or text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip.

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