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Police Seek Suspect in Police Car Fire During Protests
By Lookout Staff
June 30, 2020 -- Police are looking for a suspect involved in setting a police car on fire during violent protests in Santa Monica May 31.
The unmarked SMPD Ford Crown Victoria was parked at the loading dock of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium at around 5:05 p.m. when it was "vandalized and, ultimately, set on fire," police said.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest, police said.
The unknown suspect is described as a White male in his mid-20s with a thin build, red or blonde hair and a reddish beard.
"He has an unknown tattoo on his upper left arm and a stud earing in his left ear," police said.
He was wearing a gray short-sleeved t-shirt, green pants, brown dress shoes and a bandana with the American flag printed on it worn over his face.
He had on aviator-style sunglasses, a black and white baseball hat worn backwards with “DONPISTO” logo on front and an analog watch on his left wrist.
The unmarked police car was one of four vehicles, four structures and a dumpster burned in Santa Monica during the protests and looting Sunday, May 31, according to fire officials.
Law enforcement made 438 arrests that Sunday and 41 on Monday for looting, violating curfew, burglary and assault ("Santa Monica Demonstration Turns Violent, Looters Ransack Stores," June 1, 2020).
Damage assessments found that 225 Santa Monica businesses had general damage, such as visible broken windows and doors, and 76 had "visible evidence of looting."
Of those being prosecuted, 17 were charged at the Airport Branch Court, which covers some of the western portions of Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, according to the DA's office.
Those with information regarding the arson suspect should call Detective Zamfirov at (310) 458-8398 or email email@example.com.
Tips can also be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-8491.
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