Video helps police ID two arson suspects

Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008

JUNEAU - A security video camera helped Juneau police identify two suspects in an Oct. 12 attempted arson at a department store.

Names of the two suspects were not released by police, who said charges of felony arson were pending as the investigation continued.

The incident occurred at about 11:40 p.m. on Oct. 12, when police and firefighters responded to a call about a fire that had been intentionally set around exchange propane tanks in front of the store.

Emergency personnel found the cardboard display signs hanging on the cage containing the tanks on fire. The blaze was extinguished with little damage done.

An hour and 10 minutes later, another report was received of the same signs being on fire. A police officer extinguished the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher.

A 21-year-old woman denied any involvement during a police interview, and identified the man she was with as her boyfriend. He walked away and did not talk, police said.

Several hours later, police identified the two on a security video camera. Police said the woman was a former employee of the store who, according to management, had been recently fired.

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