Portland, Ore. – A man suspected of placing Molotov cocktails in two Southeast Portland yards has been arrested. Police say Jesse Bennett lives in the neighborhood where these bias crimes were committed near 104th and Francis. One of the victims received text messages saying they were targeted for their sexual orientation. Bennett, who’s 27, is charged with possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

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This afternoon, the Portland Police Bureau’s Arson Detectives identified and arrested 27-year-old Jesse David Bennett in connection with this case. Investigators followed up on leads and learned that Bennett lived in the same neighborhood as the victims. Bennet was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center. At this time, Bennett has been charged with two counts of Possession of a Destructive Device and two counts of Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device. This is an ongoing investigation and no additional updates will be available at this time.

“We recognize that these incidents can generate fear in our community,” said Chief Danielle Outlaw. “These cases are taken seriously and I am proud of Detective Meredith Hopper’s resolve and swift apprehension of the suspect.”

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