A Bend man with a criminal past has been arrested for murder after a man was found dead in his townhome early Tuesday morning.
The fire happened just before 2:30 a.m. at Daggett Townhomes in the 2000 block of NE Daggett Lane, a couple blocks northwest of St. Charles Hospital.
The Bend Police Department said firefighters arrived to find smoke and an active fire from the two-story building. Firefighters went inside and found a person dead on the first floor.
The victim was identified as Glen Allan Ely, 53, who was a resident of the townhome.
Police arrested Thomas Craig, 35, of Bend. He was held on suspicion of murder and arson. Bend PD said he also faces charges of failing to register as a sex offender and for a warrant out of Colorado. He as booked into the Deschutes County Jail.
Several neighbors in the low-income housing neighborhood told Central Oregon Daily News on Tuesday that people were often coming in and out of Unit No. 19.
One neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, believed she witnessed the crime unfold.
“It is pretty alarming. I’m still kind of in shock to be honest,” she said. “There was a man that left the unit, and he just took off down the street with a wagon, and so I ended up calling the police.”
Police say there are no outstanding suspects and no ongoing danger to the public.
“It is an ongoing and active investigation and so as soon as we have more information that we can release, obviously we will do that,” Miller said. “We know that people get nervous about these sorts of things and we want to provide as much information as possible.”
Some neighbors received water damage to their apartments due to the sprinkler systems in the building. Red Cross is assisting those people, Miller said.
Daggett Lane is no stranger to unsettling activity, as a meth operation was discovered in another unit in the neighborhood in March.
“I’ve been very nervous living in this neighborhood for the past few years,” said the neighbor. “It’s been very unpredictable day to day living here with a small child, never knowing who’s going to be coming and going.”
Miller confirmed Tuesday that Bend PD is in the process of serving search warrants at the scene.