Kingston Police seek assistance to identify arson suspect

Kingston Police have released the above images and are requesting assistance from the public in attempting to identify a suspect who was involved in two separate fires.

According to a press release from Kingston Police on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, there were no injuries at either scene and no significant damage was incurred to residential or commercial property. However, Kingston Police and Kingston Fire & Rescue have numerous other similar investigations ongoing, police said.

The first incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in the Nelson Street area. A suspect was observed on security video entering a shed and starting a fire. According to the release, the suspect left shortly after, and Kingston Fire & Rescue attended to extinguish the fire.

In this incident, police described the suspect as wearing an orange or red hoodie or jacket, with a dark-coloured backpack over their right shoulder. The suspect was reportedly also carrying a green bag.

The second incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at 349 Bath Road, which is the location of W.R. Brightman & Son Locksmith Ltd. Police said the suspect attended a rear lot at this address and proceeded to carry paper boxes into the woods. According to the release, a fire was started and the suspect then left the scene.

In this incident, the male suspect is described as wearing an orange or red hoodie with the word “VARSITY” in yellow across the chest. Police said the suspect was also wearing a khaki or beige coloured ball cap and black Adidas athletic pants with three white stripes down the outer leg. The suspect, who had a slim to medium build, was smoking a cigarette and was wearing a dark-coloured backpack, according to the release. The suspect had arrived at the scene riding a black-coloured BMX-style bicycle with forward-slanting handlebars.

Anyone with information or who may know the identity of the suspect involved, is asked to contact Detective Dave Wein at 613-549-4660 ext. 6198 or via email at [email protected]. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling the Kingston Police general number, 613-549-4660 ext. 0, and asking to remain anonymous.

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