Red Deer RCMP are seeking a suspect who set a van on fire early Sunday morning in Oriole Park.
The arson occurred outside a residence on Orr Drive when, at approximately 3 a.m., a male doused a van in gasoline and lit it on fire. The flames then spread to the suspect’s right arm, according to a witness account.
Police say a witness saw the male running from the scene, woke the residents of the nearby home and called 911. Upon arrival, RCMP police dogs were able to track the suspect to the Bower Ponds area before losing his scent.
The witness then tried to contain the blaze with a garden hose before emergency personnel arrived. When they did, firefighters extinguished the flames, which had also spread to the porch of the residence.
No one, save the suspect, was subject to any possible injuries.
The male suspect is described as approximately 1.67 metres (five feet six inches) tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a dark hoodie and pants, and red shoes. The suspect may have burns on his right arm.
Anyone with information related to the incident can phone Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Online reporting is possible through www.tipsubmit.com.