Police chase arsonist who lit the blanket of sleeping homeless girl on fireplace in Vancouver – Smithers Inside Information – Smithers Inside Information

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DISCLAIMER: This story features a disturbing video

Vancouver Police are looking for each an alleged arsonist and the goal sufferer of a disturbing crime within the downtown space final month, and are calling on all witnesses to return ahead.

Police launched surveillance footage of a person setting the blankets of a homeless girl 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 girl, pacing, then setting his issues on fireplace earlier than strolling away. The hearth might be seen burning for a number of minutes, then spreading via the sufferer's belongings earlier than burning her jacket and the blankets that saved 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 sporting a full size grey button down jacket.

"It was a surprising assault that focused a susceptible member of our group, and we hope the general public can assist remedy this crime," Sgt. Steve Addison stated in a press release.

“Fortuitously, the sufferer wakened simply in time to place out the hearth and escape critical bodily damage. Just a few extra seconds and it might 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 sporting 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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