Crime

Racist message painted at school, building set on fire. Cops want help finding suspect

Video of suspect vandalizing Peninsula High released

Surveillance video outside of Peninsula High in Purdy shows a suspect spray painting a message on a bench, trying to break a library window with a bat and pouring gasoline on a portable and lighting it on fire.
Up Next
Surveillance video outside of Peninsula High in Purdy shows a suspect spray painting a message on a bench, trying to break a library window with a bat and pouring gasoline on a portable and lighting it on fire.

Pierce County detectives want help identifying a person suspected of spray painting a racist message and starting a fire at Purdy’s Peninsula High school on Wednesday morning.

The suspect, believed to be a young white male, reportedly spray painted a racist message in the school’s parking lot and then another message on a bench, according to information distributed by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect reportedly tried to break a library window with a baseball bat and poured gasoline on a portable building and lit a fire. The fire caused more than $60,000 in smoke damage.

Images of the suspect show he was wearing a dark hooded jack and covered his face with a mask or bandana.

The bench was previously set on a fire on Sept. 26, 2016, but there were no arrests.

Those with information are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County at 800-222-8477.

  Comments