Police seek help catching suspected arsonist

Surveillance cameras captured video and still images of the person suspected of starting these fires.
(San Diego Police Department)

On Saturday, Sept. 28, between the early hours of 12:30 a.m. and 5:03 a.m., six separate fires occurred in the Ocean Beach and Point Loma areas. Investigators believe the same suspect is responsible for all six cases and all are being investigated as arson.

Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the person responsible for starting these fires is asked to call the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team at (619) 236-6815 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The suspect ignited various items in and nearby the backyards of several homes. A white SUV, similar to a Toyota RAV4, was seen in the 4100 block of Catalina Place, just before a fire was discovered at that location.

The fires were started at:

12:30 a.m. 4500 Muir Ave.;

1:12 a.m. 2100 Froude St.;

2:22 a.m. 4300 Piedmont Drive;

2:50 a.m. 4117 Catalina Place;

4:04 a.m. 4300 Monaco St.; and

5:03 a.m. 3900 La Cresta Drive.