Cops, Superheroes Looking For Arson Suspect In The University District

Seattle police and several members of the Rain City Superhero Movement are searching the University District this morning, looking for an arson suspect.

Just before 1:00 am, fire crews were called to 45th and University after a man apparently set a newspaper box on fire.

According to local masked do-gooder Phoenix Jones—who was patrolling the University District with his comrades Ghost and Pitch Black when the fires were set—the suspect may have also torched a newspaper box at 43rd and University, and started a small blaze in a dumpster in an alleyway off the Ave.

When we spoke with Jones just after 1:00 AM, he and his crew of caped crusaders were driving up and down the Ave looking for the suspect.

Fire at 43/University. Pictures courtesy Phoenix Jones

Police say the suspect was wearing a gold baseball cap and a purple UW jacket.

It’s not clear whether police made an arrest.

Officers at the scene notified the department’s Arson/Bomb Squad about the fires. The Seattle Fire Department’s arson investigator was also called out.

More in the morning.

Fire set at 45th and University