Prosecutors delay serving warrant on arson suspect

first_imgProsecutors are in no rush to have police execute an arrest warrant that would result in an Oregon Burn Center patient’s first appearance in court. A warrant for the arrest of David Michael Miller, 23, will be carried out, but not yet, said Sgt. Scott Schanaker, a spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The Vancouver man is wanted on two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree arson for allegedly dousing his girlfriend with gasoline at a home in Sifton and then setting the house on fire.It’s not just the cost of caring for Miller, but also the care itself in which authorities are deferring.A Legacy Health spokeswoman said Monday that Miller is in serious condition. He was admitted on Sept. 17, having suffered burns to his hands, arms and legs when he remained inside the home his then-girlfriend, Jessica Whalen, shared with the couple’s 5-year-old son, Damien, her sister, Jeanette Whalen, and mother, Karen Whalen, after he allegedly set it ablaze.Jessica Whalen escaped with her family before the home at 12315 N.E. 83rd St. was engulfed.Jessica Whalen told police that Miller had sent a text message to her that said he was going to “come over, light my place on fire and watch me burn,” according to a probable cause affidavit.last_img