Battle Ground man arrested for allegedly setting 2 library fires

Luke Love, 19, sentenced in September for bathroom bomb threat

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



Police arrested a Battle Ground man Monday for allegedly setting a small fire in the Battle Ground Community Library. He’s also accused of doing the same thing in November.

Monday’s incident was reported at 10:34 a.m. at the library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way.

Luke Love, 19, was apprehended after witnesses pointed him out to responding officers. A library restroom was damaged slightly by the fire.

During an interview with detectives, Love allegedly admitted to starting the fire, as well as setting another fire at the library in November, police said.

Love was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of two counts of first-degree arson.

Love was sentenced Sept. 6 in Clark County Superior Court to five days in jail that he’s already served and 25 days on a work crew for writing a bomb threat on a boys’ bathroom wall at Battle Ground High School that prompted an all-day evacuation of the campus Feb. 28.

Love struggles with multiple disabilities and mental health issues, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder and major depression, according to court documents.

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