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Search on for suspected Little Italy arsonist

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 16:58:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding a man suspected of intentionally setting a fire in San Diego’s Little Italy area.

On July 18, at around 3:45 a.m., a man allegedly lit a recycling dumpster on fire that was against a wall of the Mona Lisa Italian Foods on 2061 India Street.

Authorities said the fire spread to the building and a delivery van parked near the dumpster.

The blaze caused $32,000 in damage.

The man suspected in the arson case is white or Hispanic in his mid 20s to early 30s. He appears to be balding, unshaven and has a stocky build.

Authorities said the man was shirtless at the time of the incident, but he was wearing skinny jeans and dark-colored loafer-style shoes.

The man also has a large vertical tattoo along the right side of his rib cage.

Anyone with information on the suspected arsonist or the incident is asked to contact the Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) at 619-236-6815 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.