Boulder police search for arson suspect who set fire to apartment door

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police on Tuesday released a sketch of a man they believed poured gasoline on an apartment door and set it on fire after he couldn't find a woman he was searching for.

The incident occurred on July 26 when a man knocked on the door of an apartment on Aurora Avenue near 29th Street.

The man asked for a woman who didn’t live there and when the apartment resident told him there was no one at the home by that name the two had a brief confrontation, Boulder police said.  Witnesses said he was speaking "gibberish."

No one was injured during the incident, and the victim was able to douse the fire with a nearby fire extinguisher, police said.

Witnesses described the arsonist as a black, college-aged man about 5 feet 5 inches tall with short, dark hair.  He was clean shaven and did not have any visible tattoos. 

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black hooded jacket.

Investigators are trying to identify the arsonist and are asking anyone with information to contact detectives.

Anyone with information may contact Detective Kipp Euler at 303-441-3393. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at 

Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

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