Oregon – An Oregon woman forced a suspected arsonist to the ground at gunpoint after she busted him trespassing on her land, according to a video she posted to Facebook.
Facebook user Kat Cast posted video footage of her encounter with the match-carrying suspect to her page on Sunday.
“Get on the floor face-down!” Cast ordered as she jumped out of her vehicle with a gun in her hand and made her way over to the unidentified suspect.
She demanded to know what the man was doing on her property.
“Just passing through – I didn’t know,” he replied.
Cast asked the suspect if he lit anything on fire, and he told her he had not.
“What are you doing with those matches [in] your hand?” she yelled.
“I smoke,” he replied.
“You smoke? Where are your f—king cigarettes?” Cast countered. “Did you light anything up on fire?”
The man again denied having started any fires and remained on the ground as the gun-toting woman informed him that police were on their way.
Cast said that the suspect had multiple warrants out for his arrest, including assault on a police officer, according to her Facebook post.
She also shared a photo that appeared to show the man being placed into a patrol vehicle.
“Some of you still think we’re not being under attack,” Cast wrote. “I found this individual walking in my property as I was driving in, all he had were some matches in his hand.”
She said that she forced him to leave her property at gunpoint, then ordered him onto the ground when they reached a main access road.
Cast said that she has received some “terrifying” messages since she shared the video, but that most people have been very supportive.
She said she will not participate in any interviews or respond to questions, but that she does not regret the actions she took in dealing with the trespasser.
“If I need to do this again to protect my family and my neighbors, I will in a heartbeat do it again, except this time I will not be as nice as I was,” Cast wrote.
Police in California, Washington, and Oregon have arrested numerous suspects for allegedly starting fires, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Portland released a statement on Sept.11 saying that reports that extremists have been setting wildfires are “untrue.”
“Conspiracy theories and misinformation take valuable resources away local fire and police agencies working around the clock to bring these fires under control,” the FBI said. “Please help our entire community by only sharing validated information from official sources.”
A total of 22 wildfires remained active in California on Wednesday, having burned over 2.2 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Just three of those blazes has been contained.
Twelve fires – none of which have been contained – raged across Oregon, burning over 919,000 acres so far.
Washington state was battling 15 wildfires on Wednesday, four of which have been contained.
Over 680,000 acres of the Evergreen State has been left in ashes.
In addition to the fires burning in California, Oregon, and Washington, crews are also battling blazes in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming, the National Interagency Fire Center said on Wednesday.
Over 26,000 firefighters and support personnel are currently fighting a total of 79 large-scale fires covering over 4.3 million acres in 10 states.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: