GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police arrested a Grants Pass man on Tuesday following a series of apparent arson attempts at a car wash over the past week, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).
Police and firefighters responded shortly before 9 p.m. on Friday to Bobo's Wash and Wax at 208 SE M Street, following a report of a man "standing in the roadway yelling about a fire." When officers and firefighters arrived, they found the fire contained but no sign of the man.
An investigation of the fire found that it had been intentionally set, GPDPS said. Police later developed a suspect in the case based on evidence left at the scene — 52-year-old Troy Garcia. Officers could not find Garcia at the time.
Two days later, around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, police and firefighters were back at Bobo's for a "second, larger fire" inside of the car wash. Firefighters were able to contain the flames within 11 minutes of the 911 call.
"Mr. Garcia was suspected of starting the second fire as well," GPDPS said. "A Police K9 was summoned to the area to search for Mr. Garcia, but he was not located. The fire caused significant financial loss to the business."
On Tuesday, officers found Garcia. He was taken into custody on NE Terry Lane near the Grants Pass Parkway without issue, and he was interviewed before being lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Arson in the Second Degree and Attempted Arson in the Second Degree.
GPDPS said that the case is still under investigation, and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the agency at 541-450-6260.