USA - Image of arson suspect in Central Austin synagogue fire released

Wednesday morning, Austin firefighters released a photo of a man suspected of starting a fire at an Austin synagogue.

According to AFD, the suspect drove into the parking lot of Congregation Beth Israel located at 3901 Shoal Creek Blvd. on Halloween night. Surveillance video captured him approaching the front doors carrying a five-gallon olive green “jerry can” style container, which can be used to carry an accelerant, which firefighters say was used in the arson.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a thin build and brown hair. He wore olive green pants and a face covering, as well as a black, short-sleeve T-shirt with light-colored screen printing on it, a black watch and brown or olive green shoes.

AFD also released a picture of the vehicle he drove. It’s described as a dark, later model SUV, possibly a 2017 Jeep Compass.

Austin Firefighters are asking anyone who may recognize the suspect or the vehicle to call its investigations office at 512-974-0240. That number is staffed around the clock.

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