Skatepark arsonist caught on camera? VPD releases video
Memorial mural of Lee Matasi and structures damaged at Leeside Skatepark in East Vancouver tunnel
The Vancouver Police Department has released an image and a video that may show one of two men suspected of destroying the Leeside Skatepark in East Vancouver last week.
Sgt. Randy Fincham said that at around 9 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Jan. 21, two men set fire to tires, ramps and other materials that had been staged for upgrades that were being done to the skateboard park.
"The fire is believed to have been started with the use of an accelerant that one of the men brought to the tunnel in a gas can," Fincham said in a written statement.
Cosmetic and structural damage was done to the skate park, which is located in a tunnel under Hastings Street, just to the west side of the intersection with Cassiar Street.
Fincham said one of the notable features that was destroyed was a mural celebrating the life of Lee Matasi, the Vancouver artist and skateboarder who was shot and killed outside a Vancouver nightclub in 2005.
Police are asking anyone with information on the arson to call in their tips.
A still image and video footage of a suspect in the case shows him to be white, around 30 years old, with a medium build and short, cropped hair.
"He was wearing a dark, varsity-style jacket with brown sleeves, dark pants and runners, and may have been carrying a pair of work boots," Fincham said.