Suspected arsonist becomes victim of blast in Detroit

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — An arson incident blew up in the suspect’s face Monday after gasoline poured into a car exploded, police said.

The unknown male suspect may have been injured during the incident involving a 2004 Saturn Vue around 3:20 p.m. on the 800 block of Oakman, according to police. The department on Wednesday released surveillance footage of the fiery incident.

Police said the suspect broke into the Saturn, poured gasoline into the vehicle and then set the interior on fire, leading to an explosion.

In the surveillance footage, a figure in black approached the passenger side of the Saturn, located in the far upper-right corner of the screen. He appeared to be holding a clear container in his hand.

The suspect then leaned into the Saturn shortly after another person in a black four-door car pulled out of a nearby parking space in the gated lot. Within seconds, a large fireball erupted from the Saturn and the suspect fell backwards out of the frame. The container, engulfed in flames, flew out of the suspect’s hands and into the parking lot.

The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, according to police. No further description of the suspect was provided.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Arson Unit at (313) 596-2940. Anonymous tipsters can use the department’s app, “DPD Connect,” or call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) SPEAK UP.

(313) 223-4616