Boulder police release sketch of arson suspect

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BOULDER, Colo. — Police in Boulder are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who allegedly threw a rock through an apartment window and then set the door on fire.

Officers said on July 26, the suspect knocked on an apartment door in the 2900 block of Aurora Ave. and asked for a woman who didn’t live there. When the victim told the man there was no one at the apartment by that name, the two got into an argument, according to officers.

Police believe the suspect then poured gasoline on the front door and lit it on fire. Witnesses said the man was “speaking gibberish” at the time.

The victim was able to put the fire out with a nearby extinguisher. There were no injuries reported.

The suspect is described as a college-aged, short black male who is approximately 5-foot-5, is clean-shaven and has dark hair. He was wearing a black hooded jacket at the time of the incident.

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