Tuesday, October 03, 2000

Man runs as fire blazes

SWAT team called out, but he gets away

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A fire Monday in Madisonville erupted into a police chase and SWAT call after an arson suspect fled.

        Cincinnati firefighters responded just after noon to a home in the 4400 block of Erie Avenue, where a $15,000 fire left one person homeless.

        About the same time fire investigators realized the blaze had been set and they decided on a suspect, SWAT officers were called to a nearby apartment on Erie for an armed and reportedly suicidal man.

        They soon figured out the two calls were related, police spokesman Lt. Ray Ruberg said.

        The man ran again, he said, and tried unsuccessfully to steal a car.

        “As best we know,” he said, “he's on foot.”

        The man, described as black, 31, 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, wearing bluejeans and no shirt, was at large as of 8:30 p.m. Monday.

        The fire, officially listed as suspicious, began in the bedroom of the one-story, four-family residence. There were no injuries.


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