Police And Fire Officials Advise of Arsonist in Area

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crime-scene-tape bus stop murderLong Beach Police and Fire Investigators would like to inform the community of an arsonist who is believed to be responsible for numerous arson incidents that took place over the weekend in the south and east sections of the city.

The first incident was reported on Friday, April 15, shortly after 3:00 a.m. when a vehicle was set on fire on the 1700 Block of Orizaba Avenue. Since then, there have been at least 18 fires reported that investigators believe were started by the same person. The fires range from garages, sheds, vehicles, trash cans and trash dumpsters, and occurred mostly in alleys and yards, however, in one instance the suspect started a fire inside of an occupied home.

All but one of the fires were reported between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. The single incident that occurred outside of this time frame was at approximately 3:45 p.m., in an alley rear of the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. The general areas where the fires occurred are from Pacific Coast Highway to Appleton Street and from Atlantic Avenue to Redondo Avenue.

As of this time, investigators have limited suspect information. He is described only as a male adult. In addition to committing the arsons, he has also burglarized two homes.

The Long Beach Police and Fire Departments would like to remind the community to take all necessary precautions to ensure your safety at night. Secure the doors and windows before going to sleep and if you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately. If anyone has any information about this series of arson incidents, they are encouraged to call the Long Beach Fire Department’s Arson Hotline at (562) 570-2582. Anonymous tips can be submitted also via text or email at www.longbeach.gov/police .

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