Police chase arsonist who lit blanket of sleeping homeless lady on fireplace in Vancouver – Comox Valley Document – Comox Valley Document

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DISCLAIMER: This story features a disturbing video

Vancouver Police are trying to find each a suspected arsonist and the goal sufferer of a disturbing crime within the downtown space final month, and are calling for any witnesses to come back ahead.

Police launched surveillance footage of a person setting the blankets of a homeless lady on fireplace on Tuesday as she slept on a sidewalk in downtown Hamilton Avenue close to the Queen Elizabeth Theater, round four a.m. on December 13, 2020.

The video exhibits an unknown man strolling in the direction of the lady, pacing, then setting his issues on fireplace earlier than strolling away. The hearth may be seen burning for a number of minutes, then spreading by way of the sufferer's belongings earlier than burning her jacket and the blankets that stored her heat.

The sufferer has not reported the incident to the police and has not but been situated. She is described as white and in her thirties with darkish shoulder size hair. On the time of the incident, she was carrying a full size grey button down jacket.

"It was a stunning assault that focused a weak member of our neighborhood, and we hope the general public may also help remedy this crime," Sgt. Steve Addison mentioned in an announcement.

Fortuitously, the sufferer wakened simply in time to place out the fireplace and escape critical bodily accidents. A number of extra seconds and it may have been tragic. "

The suspect is described as white, between the ages of 35 and 50, and between 5 toes 5 inches and 5 toes 10 inches tall. He was carrying a singular black and white Oakland Raiders jacket on the time of the crime.

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Anybody with data is requested to contact investigators at 604-717-2541 or to stay nameless can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-669-847.

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