Manhattan Beach arson suspect caught on tape


A suspect set approximately six fires on the campus of Robinson Elementary School at 80 Morningside Drive between 12:24 a.m. and 1:14 a.m. on Sunday.

Surveillance video shows a man described as white or Hispanic, between 18 and 35 years old, standing between 5 feet 5 inches and 6 feet tall, with a medium build and dark hair, approaching the campus.

The suspect can be seen trying to start a large fire on the school grounds. He successfully set fire to a bulletin board outside a classroom that burned for about five minutes, police said. Other fires set burned for a short amount of time.

The suspect is seen in the video sitting on a school bench watching the bulletin board burn. After that fire burned out, the suspect left the campus.

No vehicle is seen in the video.

Anyone with information related to the incident should call Manhattan Beach Police Detective Shawn Thompson at (310) 802-5124.

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