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Suspect arrested after torching cars in Grants Pass, police say

Officers arrested 36-year-old Grant Brannaman after he allegedly damaged and destroyed cars in a Grants Pass neighborhood.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 12:30 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Police in Grants Pass say that a man is in custody after he allegedly damaged and destroyed a number of vehicles in a neighborhood on Monday night.

Dispatch started receiving a number of 911 calls coming from the 1200-block of NE Grable Drive around 9:15 p.m. The callers reported that a man with a gas can was setting cars on fire.

Police and firefighters from the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety responded to the area, and the suspect ran away on foot "shattering windows of other vehicles as he ran." More callers from the NE 12th Street and NE Meier Drive area reported that their car tires had been slashed.

As more officers arrived in the area, they saw people chasing the male suspect near the corner of NE D Street and NE Beacon Drive. Officers were able to take the man into custody.

The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Grant Brannaman, with a last-known listed address in Portland.

Firefighters helped to clean up after the car fires, GPDPS said, as the flames had already been extinguished before they arrived. One car "sustained heavy damage" from the fires.

Brannaman was taken to the Josephine County Jail on charges for Arson in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, three counts of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon, and Disorderly Conduct.

"It is possible there are other victims of this incident. If you are a victim, or have further information please call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541)-450-6260 and reference Case # 2021-6043," the agency said in a statement. "We would also like to the thank the alert citizens who assisted in apprehending the suspect."

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