Man arrested after threatening to burn down his Beaverton area home

Beaverton man threatens to light home on fire

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Neighbors were evacuated and deputies arrested a man who they said was threatening to set fire to duplex Thursday night.

The man's wife called 911 about 9 p.m. and reported the threats. She was able to get out of the house in the 12900 block Southwest Gentry Lane but her husband remained inside.

Arriving deputies saw smoke coming at times from the duplex and started evacuating the neighborhood. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was staged in the area.

Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the home in the Cedar Hills area.

After six hours of negotiations, deputies went into the home and took Roy Merritt, 47, into custody. Several burn piles were found in the home.

Merritt was accused of first-degree arson and reckless endangering.

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