October 5, 2010
A 33-year-old man allegedly set fire to his supervisor’s Ford Thunderbird early Saturday morning after learning he was going to be fired.
According to Silverton Police Department, Stewart Michael Hooper of Silverton poured gasoline on the 1987 Thunderbird and lit it on fire about 5 a.m.
Silverton Police Department and Silverton Fire District responded to the residence in the 600 block of Miller Street to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
The fire also spread to a tree and a wood fence. Both the fence and the vehicle were destroyed.
Officers learned Hooper and the owner of the vehicle are neighbors who work at the same Silverton restaurant, where the victim is Hooper’s supervisor.
Hooper was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail on charges of second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless burning.