Police asking for public’s help identifying subjects in video wanted for attempted arson

Authorities are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspects in a surveillance video that were reportedly involved in an attempted arson at a Madisonville business.

Madisonville Police say officers responded to a report the report of arson on Monday at a local Salon/Barber shop at 301 East Arch Street. Upon arrival at work Monday morning, employees reportedly noticed an odor described as fuel. As the odor was investigated, police say it was determined that someone had broken the glass on a rear door entrance and tried to set the building on fire.

According to police, they collected surveillance video that showed a white Ford Windstar van, approximately a 2003 model, pull into the lot and a black female exit the van and shatter the rear door. After the door was shattered, police say a black male with a thin build tossed two Malatov cocktails into the building. The second Malatov cocktail hit the door and prematurely exploded throwing accelerant on the black male’s lower extremities. Police indicate the black male then fled trying to extinguish the flames on his body. After putting out the flames, both subjects fled from the scene in the white van that had hubcaps missing from both sides of the van and damage to the rear passenger side bumper of the vehicle.

Madisonsville Police are requesting the public’s assistance to help them identify the suspects in the video (link to video below). If you have any information, please contact police at (270) 821-1720 or the Hopkins County Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (270) 825-1111. Police say Crime Stoppers is offering a $500 reward for any information leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders in this attempted arson.


080916 Arson Video



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