CHICAGO (CBS) — Police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in finding eight suspects and one vehicle in arsons that occurred during civil unrest and looting in late May.
One incident happened at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, May 30, in the 400 block of Lower North Michigan Avenue. Police are seeking six suspects in that case and released a surveillance photo.
Another happened at 11 W. Jackson Blvd. at 9:49 p.m. that night, and two suspects are being sought.
Police did not specify what the suspects are believed to have set on fire in those two incidents.
Police were also seeking to identify a man wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt and gray sweat pants in an arson at 201 N. State St. at 7:27 p.m. Saturday, May 30. Video in that incident showed a what appeared to be a Chicago Police squad car on fire outside theWit Hotel, and the suspect also apparently in the lobby of the hotel.
Police also released video of a man wanted in an arson at 5:14 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at 4757 W. Madison St. in the South Austin neighborhood. He was seen wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, and a backpack.
Video appears to show the man spraying accelerant on the floor of a store that has been looted. Late in the video, it appears that smoke might be clouding the view.
Police also released images of a vehicle that was suspected in connection with an arson at 1:19 a.m Saturday, May 30 at 315 S. Plymouth Ct. It was not specified what was set on fire there.
Late last month, Chicago Police and federal authorities asked for help identifying 18 other people suspected in 53 arson incidents across Chicago in late May and early June, as the looting spread across Chicago in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Chicago Police, FBI, and ATF investigators have scoured hours of surveillance video from the looting, and released images and video of 18 people believed to be responsible for 53 acts of arson between May 30 and June 3.
Anyone who recognizes any of the people in any of the photos and videos should call Chicago police or the ATF. Tips can be submitted anonymously to firstname.lastname@example.org, cpdtip.com, or CPD’s anonymous hotline at 312-745-6233.