MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have confirmed an arrest in an ongoing investigation into a string of vacant home arsons in Medford.
Medford police, Medford Fire and Rescue, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Fire and Rescue have investigated approximately 21 fires to vacant homes deemed suspicious or arson, which were primarily located in the southwest area of Medford, starting from the summer of 2011 until the end of 2013.
Police say Manoah Hall was observed on scene at a few of the fires. Further investigation, to include internet postings, revealed that he had videotaped fire scenes prior to the arrival of emergency crews, as well as significant footage of fire trucks in general.
After further investigation, Manoah Hall was arrested by Medford Police as a suspect in five of the arsons dating back to August 2011. Investigators say they believe Hall could be involved in several other similar arson fires. Police estimate the total cost of damages from the arson’s is close to $110,000. He is now lodged in the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges of arson, criminal mischief, and possession, manufacture, and delivery of methamphetamine. Hall’s bail is set at $1,603,000.
Police also confirm a YouTube channel with the suspect’s name was a part of their investigation. Videos being posted as late at four years ago are on the site. Investigators confirm that some of the videos, which have since been taken down, narrated the scenes of fires before fire crews arrived. More videos posted to Hall’s channel include recordings of fire trucks responding to emergencies.