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Reward offered for suspect in vehicle arson at Capitol


A composite drawing of a suspect wanted in connection to a vehicle fire at the Capitol in Austin.

Administrators with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced this week that an individual previously sought as a person of interest in a recent vehicle arson at the Texas State Capitol is now considered the suspect in that investigation. A reward of up to $10,000 is now being offered for information that leads to his arrest.
On Friday, Aug. 7, the suspect was seen in and around the capitol beginning at around 8:30 am. At approximately 2 pm 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.
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.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing, and no other details are available at this time.
If the public has any information about this suspect or this incident, they are urged to notify law enforcement. All tips can be offered anonymously.
To be eligible for the cash rewards, tips can be provided by:
• Calling the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Texting the letters DPS - followed by the tip - to 274637 (CRIMES) from a cell phone.
• Submitting a tip online at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTipsCSI.spx?L=E&AgencyID=650.