Raleigh Hills car arson suspect sought
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help identify a suspect who set fire to a car in the Raleigh Hills area early Sunday.
According to the Sheriff's Office, at 7:56 a.m. on March 6, deputies and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to a car fire in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 7700 S.W. Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.
Multiple people called 911 to report a car was fully engulfed in flames behind the store. No one was in the car and the fire was extinguished but it was completely destroyed.
Deputies viewed surveillance video that showed a suspect walking up to the gas tank area of the car with something in hand. A few moments later, there was a large explosion. The subject backed away and the video showed the suspect's hand or arm on fire. The person was able to remove a burning item of clothing and walk away. The fire spread quickly inside the car.
The surveillance video can be viewed and downloaded here.
The arson suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, backpack and dark pants. If anyone saw a person matching that description in the area at the time, or has information about this crime, please call the Sheriff's Office at 503-846-2700. Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit are leading the investigation. The Sheriff's Office has several detectives with specific training to investigate arson.
Raleigh Hills is within the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District, which provides law enforcement services for more than 237,000 residents in the urban areas outside of cities in Washington County. Other areas include Bethany, Cedar Mill, Cedar Hills, Aloha, Reedville, Garden Home, Metzger, Rock Creek, Bull Mountain, Bonny Slope, West Slope, Oak Hills, and more. Voters first approved the district in 1987 and all local option levies since then.
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