Police ask public’s help identifying suspect caught on video starting brush fire

ST. GEORGE — Police are searching for a suspect caught on surveillance video allegedly starting a brush fire early Friday morning in Moab.

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Police are searching for a suspect caught on surveillance video allegedly starting a brush fire early Saturday morning in Moab, Utah, June 2017 | Photo courtesy of Moab City Police Department, St. George News

The video shows the suspect lighting brush on fire just after midnight then riding away on a bicycle through a parking lot, according to a statement issued by the Moab City Police Department.

“The fire was close to a residence and a local business,” Moab City Police officials said.

The suspect is described as a slender male with facial hair.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Moab City Police Department at 435-259-8938.

Sydne Smythe posted the following message Tuesday on the video shown on the Police Department’s Facebook page:

That yard he lit on fire is my yard it’s less than 100 m away from a sleeping two-year-old and his father please help in identifying this man it could’ve turned out a lot worse for my family

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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5 Comments

  • DRT June 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I hope they find this piece of garbage before he lights the next one off. What in the heck is going on with this specimen?

  • Rob83 June 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    If someone is so miserable to start fires purposely, endangering innocent people- why don’t they take a hike and never return!

  • utahdiablo June 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Sure would be a shame if a piece of lead hit that gas tank on his back, boy that would be terrible, he might get killed…

  • debbie July 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    He should be arrested for his horrible choice in sandals and hat and lack of beard trimming capabilities. God help him when he’s caught there’s alot of ppl both good and criminal that don’t take risking two year olds lives lightly.

  • debbie July 14, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Gotta b a liberal

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