LBFD investigating possible acts of double arson

The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Arson Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying and apprehending an arson suspect.
On May 16, 2011 at 12:57am, a heavy-set male suspect was captured on video setting fire to a commercial structure, located at 1737 East 7th St., according to the LBFD. The location is a marijuana collective, which was closed at the time of the fire.
On the video, the suspect is observed arriving at the location, breaking the front window and then setting the fire. The fire ignites with a large flash, and the suspect is seen running away with his hands on fire. Investigators believe the fire may have injured the suspect. (The video may be viewed at firechannel.org/blog/?p=3052.)
On May 17, 2011 at 1:49am, 25 hours later, a second fire occurred at 1441 E. 7th St., a commercial location that provides public assistance to women with infants and children, along with baby food, clothing and other items for expectant mothers.
Both fires were determined to be arson and may be related. This investigation is a joint effort with the Long Beach Fire/Police Arson Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Los Angeles Field Division. The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect(s).
“Someone knows who did these senseless acts, so I urge all the good citizens of Long Beach who may know something to please call the arson hotline and share the information they have,” said John A. Torres, special agent in charge, ATF Los Angeles Field Division. “We will not let this case go. The individual involved shows a careless disregard for the public’s safety. ATF and the [LBFD] will use every investigative tool available to pursue the person(s) behind these crimes before someone gets hurt. This $5,000 reward offered by ATF is just one of those tools.”
Those with any information should call the LBFD arson hotline at (562) 570-2582.

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