Prescott Valley Police seek suspect who set car, truck on fire
Prescott Valley police are looking for the person or people who set a car and a pickup truck in an apartment parking lot on fire early Sunday morning.
At 12:30 a.m., officers answered a suspected arson call in the 3800 block of Windsong Drive and found several people pouring water and sand on a Pontiac two-door coupe that had smoke and flames coming from the left front portion of the vehicle, said Cpl. Jennifer Miller, spokeswoman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.
The car's front passenger door, passenger compartment, quarter panel area, hood and front left tire were damaged by the fire. After the flames were extinguished, officers learned that a nearby Toyota pickup truck near the car had been on fire before police arrived.
The truck's driver's side door, quarter panel area, hood and front left tire were damaged by the fire and the front windshield had shattered as well.
The fires caused $7,500 in damage, according to police.
The fire was almost out when Central Yavapai firefighters arrived, and the car and pickup belonged to a boyfriend and girlfriend, said Charlie Cook, spokesman for the Central Yavapai Fire District.
"A Gatorade bottle with gas was found on the hood of one of the vehicles and under the wheel well of the other," Cook said. "Another car was parked between the two vehicles and it was not damaged."
Witnesses told police they saw a dark colored SUV in the area shortly before the fires started, Miller said.
One witness told police that the unidentified driver of the SUV, who was described as being an overweight Hispanic man with a bald or shaved head, sped off at a high rate of speed just after the fires started, while another witness reported seeing a Caucasian man, possibly in his mid-20s, sitting in the front passenger seat of the SUV, Miller said.
"The case is still under investigation," Miller said.
If anyone has any information about this case, contact Det. Jeremy Martin at 928-772-5142 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.