Can you identify this suspected arsonist?

Prince Rupert, Can You Identify

2023-02-20 16:00 PST

File # 23-646 and 23-828

The Prince Rupert RCMP are currently investigating two incidents of arson they believe to be connected.

The first event occurred in the early morning of January 30th, 2023 when Prince Rupert Fire Department was called to a house in the 1600 block of 11th Ave E for what they originally believed to be an electrical fire. However, after police reviewed CCTV footage from the surrounding houses they noticed a man wearing all black causing the fire to ignite the side of the house.

A man standing in a dimly lit street wearing all black wearing a hoodie and a toque
View larger image of a man standing on a dimly lit street wearing all black with a hoodie and a toque.

The second even occurred in the early morning of February 10th when the Prince Rupert Fire Department responded to a report of a car on fire in the driveway of the same house from the first report. When CCTV footage was reviewed police discovered a man with a similar build and wearing similar clothing was responsible for the car being lit aflame.

A flame erupting from a vehicle with a man running away while his arm and leg are on fire.
View larger image of A flame erupting from a vehicle with a man running away while his arm and leg are on fire.

In both events Prince Rupert Fire Department reported that both fires were extinguished quickly and there were no injuries.

"Thanks to the quick response from our partners in the fire department both incidents were handled quickly and safely," Media Relations Officer Cst. Brody Hemrich said, "These events appear to be targeted as they occurred at the same address, therefore the threat to the public is low, however, due to the violent nature of these incidents we are looking for any leads that can help lead to an arrest."

If you have any information regarding either of these two incidents, including dash cam footage, CCTV footage, or may recognize the man in the pictures please call 250-624-2136 or call anonymously Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-2411 (TIPS).

Released by:

Cst. Brody Hemrich
Media Relations Officer
Prince Rupert Detachment


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