Arson Investigation leads to the Arrest of a South Beach man, Lincoln County, Oregon

Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

On May 4, 2019, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to an address in South Beach to investigate a suspicious fire at a residence. When Deputies arrived, they observed what appeared to be an incendiary device placed against the residence. Deputies requested resources from the Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team. Investigators developed a suspect based on evidence identified at the crime scene. Detectives from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence; items found during the execution of the search warrant were consistent with the device used at the point of origin in the original complaint.

Derrick Jasper of South Beach was arrested on the following charges:

Attempted Aggravated Murder, two counts Attempted Murder, Arson in the first degree, Arson in the second degree, Unlawful Manufacture of a Destructive Device, and Possession of Destructive Device.

Jasper was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail on $500,000 bail.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for assistance provided in the investigation:

Newport Fire / Lincoln County Fire Investigation Team
City of Newport Police Department
City of Lincoln City Police Department
Oregon State Police
Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office