A Thurston County man accused of setting a car on fire with a Molotov cocktail pleaded not guilty to first-degree arson and five counts of reckless endangerment Tuesday in Thurston County Superior Court.
Zachary M. Enslow was arrested Monday in Portland and is being held in the Thurston County Jail. Judge Anne Hirsch set bail at $30,000 during his Tuesday arraignment.
“The court is finding that Mr. Enslow is a significant threat to community safety,” Hirsch said.
She also expressed concerns that Enslow wouldn’t show up for future court hearings if released.
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According to court documents, Enslow is suspected setting fire to a car parked outside of a home on the 700 block of Tipsoo Loop, near Rainier, on Feb. 3. A woman who is the owner of the car and a resident of the home, said she saw Enslow toss a Molatov cocktail onto the car. Deputies determined that the Molatov cocktail was made with a road flare and a bottle of gasoline.
She was able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the home.
Another person also saw the incident and identified Enslow, according to court documents.
Five people live in the home: two adults and three children.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer said Enslow fled to Oregon, where he was arrested by Portland police. He was transported to Thurston County.
The incident isn’t believed to be random, Ziesemer said. Deputies believe that Enslow and the car owner knew each other, and had been arguing.