Police Searching For Suspect Who Set Someone on Fire at Denny’s

Happy Valley, Oregon – Police are searching for a man accused of setting someone on fire, inside a Southeast Portland Denny’s. It’s the restaurant across the street from Clackamas Town Center. The victim is in the hospital in critical condition. The suspect is described as a man in his mid to late 20’s. About six feet tall, wearing a black hat, black sweat shirt, and gray sweat pants. If you have any information please call police. Here is a photo of the suspect from the restaurant’s surveillance tape.

Police say the suspect pretended to be a customer, and sat down in a booth next to the 69-year-old victim. Surveillance tape shows the suspect dumping an unknown liquid on the man, then tossing a lit item onto him, igniting a large flash, then the suspect is seen running out of the restaurant, last seen heading south on SE 82nd Avenue.
Clackamas County Fire Department was called to the scene and smelled the odor of gasoline inside the building and coming from the victim. The unidentified male victim was transported to Emanuel Hospital in critical condition.

Newspartner KGW reports detectives are looking into the possibility that this case is related to another incident earlier this week, in which a person threw gasoline on a stranger at the Clackamas Town Center movie theater.

Suspect description:

Approximately mid to late 20’s
5’10” to 6 foot
Medium to muscular build
Wearing a black flat brim hat
Black hooded jacket
Grey sweatpants with a black stripe
Black shoes

Clackamas County Homicide and Violent Crime are investigating.

Images courtesy of Clackamas County Sheriffs and News Partner KGW.

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