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Police ask for help to identify suspected arsonist

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A screenshot from a July 9, 2017, video that is part of arson investigation in Farmington. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’0 tall, medium build, wearing a dark colored t-shirt and shorts. Courtest of Farmington Police Department2 / 2

Farmington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect captured on video in an apparent arson of an apartment building.

The roughly two-minute video released Tuesday, July 25, shows a male suspect approach the building at 303 Pine St. while carrying an item. The man, who is carrying an item, approaches a door, and then he appears to push in an air-conditioning unit in a main-floor window and look inside. Video from another angle later shows the building on fire and three people climbing out of a second-floor window to jump to the ground as the fire spreads.

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Farmington police said the arson occurred about 9:15 p.m. July 9. They described the suspect as a white male, approximate 6 feet tall, medium build and wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and shorts. He may have burn injuries.

Police are offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of anyone involved in the fire. The public can call an arson hotline at 800-723-2020 or Farmington police Det. Shawn Scovill at 651-280-6700.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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