APD names 1 of 2 suspects in sushi-restaurant fire
One of two suspects in a fire that destroyed a Midtown sushi restaurant Monday has been identified, with Anchorage police asking the public for help finding him.
On Friday, Anchorage police credited information from the public with helping them to identify 36-year-old John Vang, one of the men seen briefly aflame early Monday in surveillance video from the Yakitori Sushi House on East Tudor Road.
"He is the second suspect fleeing the business seen in the surveillance video," police wrote. "The suspect is believed to have burn injuries to his lower body. He’s not the suspect whose glove caught fire and detectives still need the public’s help in identifying and/or locating him."
The video was posted Wednesday on APD's Facebook page.
"As the suspects were fleeing, it appears that the hand of one of the suspects was on fire," police wrote. "The suspect removes his glove, which is on fire, tosses it and then both suspects flee through a fence door. It’s believed both suspects were injured as a result of committing this crime."
Anchorage fire marshal Cleo Hill said firefighters responded to the blaze at 2834 E. Tudor Road just before 4:30 a.m. Monday. By 5:06 a.m., the fire was under control.
"The preliminary investigation found that the business was burglarized and then the fire occurred shortly thereafter," APD said in an updated release on Wednesday. "No one was injured. The business was destroyed by the fire."
Police say the two people captured on the restaurant's surveillance video just before the fire are now considered suspects in the investigation.
APD says the cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.
If you have information that could help detectives in locating Vang or the other suspect, call dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.
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