The suspect allegedly set the trash can ablaze around 2 a.m. on June 1. Fire crews extinguished the flames, located behind a downtown parking lot on the 100 block of Hope Street near the back of Eureka! restaurant.
Witnesses in the area described the suspect as a black man in his mid-20s, roughly 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was seen wearing dark pants and a dark shirt with light-colored writing on it.
Police have also received multiple reports of a suspect dumping trash from cans throughout the downtown area during the late-night and early-morning hours between June 1 and June 6, and believe the alleged arsonist may be connected.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Mike Taber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire lit outside Steins
A Mountain View man was arrested during the early morning hours on June 6 after he was allegedly spotted setting a fire outside a downtown restaurant.
The 24-year-old man reportedly set the small fire outside Steins Beer Garden on Villa Street around 3:30 a.m. Security guards saw the man start the fire and called police, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
Officers were able to quickly locate the suspect, who was still in the area where he allegedly started the fire, Nelson said. The man was arrested on suspicion of arson.
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