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

September 29, 2017 05:59 PM

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.

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