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Video shows arsonist suspected of setting Ocean Beach, Point Loma fires

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Posted at 2:05 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 18:20:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego Crime Stoppers released new video Wednesday of a suspected arsonist they believe set several fires in the Point Loma and Ocean Beach areas last month.

San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team investigators say during the early hours of Sept. 28, between 12:30 a.m. and 5:03 a.m., six separate fires were started in the backyards of homes. Various items were ignited, investigators say, at the following locations:

  • 12:30 a.m. - 4500 Muir Avenue
  • 1:12 a.m. - 2100 Froude Street
  • 2:22 a.m. - 4300 Piedmont Drive
  • 2:50 p.m. - 4117 Catalina Place
  • 4:04 a.m. - 4300 Monaco Street
  • 5:03 a.m. - 3900 La Cresta Drive

A white, compact SUV similar to a Toyota RAV4 was seen in the 4100 block of Catalina Place just before a fire was discovered at that location, investigators added.

Video and photos show a person in a hooded sweatshirt, shorts, and sandals walking in the yard of a home where one fire ignited.

In the video, the person can be seen walking with what appears to be a piece of paper in one hand and cigarette in the other, before disappearing from the video. The person reappears in the video, but it's not clear if he or she still has a cigarette.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or the San Diego Metro Arson team at 619-236-6815.