Boston – The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Arlington Police Department, the Needham Police Department, and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal are releasing new videos and offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual, or individuals, allegedly responsible for at least three arsons at Chabad Centers in Arlington and Needham, Massachusetts.
On May 11, 2019, at approximately 11 p.m., authorities were alerted to a fire at the Chabad Center for Jewish Life of Arlington-Belmont in Arlington, Massachusetts. Five days later, on May 16, 2019, at approximately 8:50 p.m., authorities were alerted to another fire at the same Chabad Center. Later that same evening, just before 10 p.m., authorities responded to a fire at the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center in Needham, Massachusetts.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual who may have information relevant to the investigation. At the time of the incidents, surveillance footage captured an unknown male, approximately 5’11” in height, slowly walking to and from the locations where the fires were set. The man appears to be wearing a dark North Face jacket with the hood pulled over his head and khaki pants. He is also seen carrying unknown items in each hand.