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News Release
Robert Houser
Robert Houser
Man Arrested for Arson and Kidnapping (Photo) - 09/06/19

Gresham, Ore.— Gresham Police have arrested a man for arson and kidnapping after an incident at an apartment complex. Today at 2:55 p.m., police responded to the report of a man with a gun entering the manager’s office at the Hogan Woods Apartments, 1645 NE 20th St. The office was occupied by employees and they fortunately were able to get away safely. The man then fled to his apartment within the complex. Smoke could be seen coming from the same apartment. Police evacuated the building and contacted the man later identified as 62-year-old Robert Houser. He was taken into custody a short while later. Gresham Fire extinguished the fire, and it was determined that no one else was inside.

Detectives are currently working on a search warrant for the apartment. Houser was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center for arson in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree, two counts of coercion, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Gresham Police would like to thank everyone in the area for their cooperation during this stressful incident. Anyone that may have additional information about the incident is asked to call 503-618-2719.

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