DA Mike Schmidt announces three suspects in Mount Tabor arsons charged

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Samuel Perkins, Malik Hares, and Wayne Chen, each 18 years old, were indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury on 14 charges including three counts of Arson in the First Degree, six counts of Arson in the Second Degree, four counts of Reckless Burning and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Destructive Device.

See the previously released summary of facts here. Investigators found evidence of Chen’s involvement in the alleged incidents in the intervening months from the initial charges in this case. The alleged arson spanned several areas in Southeast Portland, including but not limited to Mount Tabor Park, and one area in Northeast Portland.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Hares, Perkins and Chen are innocent unless and until proven guilty.