Reward offered for suspect in car fire at the Capitol

DPS sketch of Capitol car fire suspect
DPS sketch of Capitol car fire suspect


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety says the man who was involved in suspicious activity at Speaker Joe Straus’ office last Friday is the same man who started the vehicle fire later that afternoon.

Surveillance photo of man wanted in car arson at Capitol
Surveillance photo of man wanted in car arson at Capitol

On Tuesday, DPS released a composite drawing and a new photo of the suspect.

Authorities say the suspect was seen in and around the Capitol beginning at around 8:30 a.m. on Friday. At approximately 2 p.m. that day, emergency officials received reports of a vehicle on fire near the Capitol building on the south driveway. That same day, the suspect was last seen traveling south on South Congress Avenue as far south as Fifth Street.

DPS originally sent out a photograph of a man they were considering a person of interest, but during the investigation, they determined the man in the photo is responsible for the vehicle fire. While DPS says they cannot say who owns the damaged vehicle, KXAN has learned the primary car damaged belonged to a Sergeant at Arms and the second vehicle damaged belonged to a house staffer.

The suspect is a white male, between the age of 20 and 45, at least 6 feet tall, and weighing between 195 and 245 pounds, with an athletic build and was clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, dark-colored shorts, flip-flops and a tan camouflage baseball cap.

A reward of up to $10,000 is now being offered for information that leads to his arrest. If the public has any information about this individual or this incident, they are urged to call law enforcement at (512) 472-TIPS (8477).

Person of interest in the situation
Original photo released on Aug. 7

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