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Anchorage Police Department
Friday February 8th, 2019 :: 04:33 p.m. AKST

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Locate: John Vang; Arson Suspect; Yakitori Sushi (2834 East Tudor Rd)

UPDATE: Thanks to a strong response from the public, detectives have identified one of the suspects in this investigation.
 
An arrest warrant has been issued for John Vang (36-years-old). See attached photo. He is the second suspect fleeing the business seen in the surveillance video on the APD Facebook page (click hyperlink for video). 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 public’s response to helping the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department has been very helpful. Those involved in these crimes should know that the public is actively assisting us with tips and evidence.  The ability for detectives to identify John Vang is a great example of spotting something or someone suspicious (in person or smartphone/surveillance video) and calling the police.
 
If you have any information about the suspects and/or this investigation, including video (smartphone/and or surveillance) and the suspect's whereabouts, please call Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.
 
Detectives also still need help identifying the people of interest in the arson investigation from 1/26/19 in the 4900 block of A Street. Click here for details: http://local.nixle.com/alert/7094482/

Update 2/6/19 at 1:49 p.m.:
Surveillance video showing the suspects escaping the scene has been posted to the APD Facebook page.
 
As the suspects were fleeing, it appears that the hand of one of the suspects was on fire. 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.

If you have any information about these two individuals and/or this investigation, including video (smartphone/and or surveillance), please call Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.
 
Original 2/6/19 at 9:50 a.m.:
The Anchorage Police Department has taken over the investigation in to the fire that occurred on 2/4/19 at 2834 East Tudor Road (Yakitori Sushi).  Dispatch received a report of a fire around 4:20 a.m.
 
This is now an arson investigation. The cause and origin remain under investigation.
 
The preliminary investigation found that the business was burglarized and then the fire occurred shortly thereafter. No one was injured. The business was destroyed by the fire.
 
Detectives need the public’s help in identifying and/or locating two suspects in this investigation. Please see attached photos.
 
If you have any information about these two individuals and/or this investigation, including video (smartphone/and or surveillance), please call Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.
 
APD Case: 19-4480

Instructions:

If you have any information about the suspects and/or this investigation, including video (smartphone/and or surveillance) and the suspect's whereabouts, please call Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.

Address/Location
Anchorage Police Department
4501 Elmore Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

Alert Details

Severity:
Unknown - Severity unknown
Urgency:
Immediate - Responsive action SHOULD be taken immediately
Certainty:
Unknown
Category:
Law enforcement, military, homeland and local/private security
Event:
Wanted Person

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