Woodland police arrest man for attempted murder and arson
Monday, July 4, 2011
Here is a press release from the Woodland Police Department:
News Release from: Woodland Police
SUSPECT ARRESTED ... SUSPECTED ARSON INVESTIGATION IN WOODLAND
Posted: July 4th, 2011 3:29 PM
UPDATE: Woodland Police officers have located Gregory Hardegger. He was spotted yesterday (Sunday) by an off-duty Woodland officer.
After being interviewed by police, Hardegger was booked into the Cowlitz County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder (2 counts) and 1st Degree Arson.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:
On 07/01/11, at 0050 hours, Woodland Police responded along with the Woodland Fire Department to 453 Washington Street, in Woodland, for a residential structure fire. On arrival, the garage of this residence was fully engulfed in fire. Woodland Police were first on scene and were able to make sure the residents were evacuated. Woodland Fire, along with other assisting fire agencies were able to quickly extinguish the fire. This fire is being investigated as a suspicious and/or possible arson. Law enforcement is working with the fire department on this investigation.
3 adults resided at this residence. 78 year old Ernest Hardegger and his 69 year old wife Cynthia Hardegger. Their 49 year old son, Gregory Hardegger, was also temporarily residing at the residence.
The fire appears to have started at the garage where two of the Hardegger’s vehicles were parked. Both vehicles will likely be a total loss.
The damage to the residence was mostly contained to the garage and attic area. There was some smoke and other damage to the living area of the house. The house should be salvageable.
Law enforcement learned that there had been an argument between the parents and their son earlier in the evening over a vehicle.
The son had left the residence, believed on foot, prior to the fire starting. At this time, Gregory Hardegger is considered a person of interest in this investigation.
Law enforcement has yet to locate the son to question him in regards to any information he might have regarding this fire.
This investigation continues to be an active / in-progress investigation.