UPDATE: Woodbridge Man Charged with Setting Tow Truck Fire

Reu Cruz Ortiz was charged with intentionally setting a vehicle on fire.

UPDATE (Dec. 13, 3:35 p.m.): A Woodbridge resident has been charged with setting a tow truck on fire in Mount Vernon Wednesday.

According to a news release from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, fire investigators charged Reu Cruz Ortiz, 32, of Woodbridge, with intentionally setting a vehicle on fire.

Investigators charged Ortiz with two counts of destruction of personal property greater than $200, a class four felony, according to the release. He is being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.


A man was arrested for attacking another man with a machete at the scene of a tow truck fire Wednesday at 8150 Richmond Highway. 

"We did get a call around 1:18 this afternoon of a tow truck that was on fire, and several calls of a man nearby swinging a chain, fighting a man with a machete," Fairfax County Police spokesman Eddie Azcarate told Patch. "Officers arrived and were able to take one adult man (with the machete) in custody."

The tow truck fire was brought under control within five minutes, according to fire officials. It occurred in the parking lot of Action Automotive Preowned Cars, and was unrelated to the fight, but "because of one the other happened," Azcarate said.

The suspect has not yet been identified and charges are pending. The chain-wielding victim sustained minor injuries and refused transport to the hospital. 

The case is being investigated by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and Police Departments.

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