PRINEVILLE - Special agents from the Bureau of Land Management and Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies concluded an 11-month investigation into a wildfire which occurred in the Badlands Wilderness Study Area east of Bend on Aug. 10, 2002, with the arrest of two suspects.
Taken into custody were Bend residents Christopher Ross Cappuccio, 23, and 22-year-old Mathew Franklin Klein on charges of first-degree arson and manufacture of a controlled substance.
The pair were indicted by a Deschutes County Grand Jury on the charges as a result of an interagency investigation, including members of the Central Oregon Arson Task Force.
Investigators report information provided by citizens in the area at the time was instrumental in identifying the two suspects. These citizens reported the fire and were able to provide a vehicle description of persons seen in the area.
During the course of the arson investigation, investigators executed a search warrant at 179 Northeast Isaiah Drive No. 2 in Bend, where both suspects were living at the time, and discovered evidence of a marijuana-growing operation.
Klein was arrested and booked into the Deschutes County Jail on Thursday, July 17, on a warrant charging him with first-degree arson and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.
Cappuccio turned himself in to the Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, July 21. He was also charged with first-degree arson and unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance, and was released, pending trial.