PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Detectives are looking for a suspect in Tuesday’s early morning firebombing of a Pontiac home.
The incident happened about 2:48 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of West Kennett Road. The home was occupied by four adults at the time. No one was injured. Detectives obtained a home security camera video from a neighbor, which showed a bright flash – presumably from the fire – and the suspect fleeing from the scene.
“We are fortunate this is not a homicide investigation as this criminal act could have led to the death of four people,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “We are actively seeking the person responsible for this and encourage anyone who may have information about this reprehensible crime to contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately.”
The suspect is believed to have used a one-gallon plastic gas container to fashion a Molotov cocktail, light it and throw it against the side of the home under a second-floor bedroom. The residents were awakened by a home fire alarm and discovered the fire in the front of the home. A resident used a metal rake to remove the burning container away.
Damage is estimated to be about $50,000. Vinyl siding from ground level to the second-story window was damaged. There also was damage to the frame of the first-floor window. The damage was contained mainly to the front of the house.
Anyone with information about the incident should call 1-800-44-ARSON. Tipsters are anonymous and a reward of up to $5,000 from the Detroit Crime Commission is available for information leading to an arrest.
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