Police Release Image of Arson Suspect Who Targeted Occupied Tent

After previously releasing limited details on this case, the Grants Pass Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the arson suspect captured on video during and after the crime that occurred on March 1st.

After lighting the fire the suspect ran from Baker Park toward the intersection of E. Park St and Grants Pass Pkwy. Anyone having knowledge of the suspect’s identity or having captured additional residential surveillance video of the suspect is asked to contact Grants Pass Police Detective Lohrfink at 541-450-6260.

On Tuesday afternoon, March 1st, a hooded subject threw a flaming liquid substance onto a tent in Baker Park belonging to an unhoused person. Inside the tent was an unsuspecting victim who was not seriously harmed by the attack and was able to escape the flames and call 9-1-1. The lone hooded suspect fled the scene on foot after the attack. Arriving Grants Pass Police and Fire units assisted the victim and extinguished the flames, but were unable to locate the suspect. The victim’s tent and sleeping bag were destroyed by the flames.

It is believed at this time the owner of the tent was a specific target of the crime and neither the general public nor the unhoused population is in danger of similar attacks. Members of the Grants Pass Police Community Response Team, sensitive to the needs of the victim, provided her with a new tent and sleeping bag that same afternoon.

Courtesy of GPPD

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