Man douses 2 people in gas, looks for lighter to 'set them aflame' in possible hate crime, police in Colorado say
Police in suburban Denver say they’re looking for a man who doused two customers with gasoline and looked for a lighter 'to set them aflame' at a fueling station in a possible hate crime.
AURORA, Colo. — Police in suburban Denver say they’re looking for a man who doused two customers with gasoline at a fueling station after confronting them because they were speaking Spanish and “don’t belong here,” according to a department statement.
The man allegedly "looked for a lighter to set them aflame" before smashing the rear window of the victims’ vehicle, taking the keys to their car and leaving, Aurora police said this week.
Police said they were investigating the July 23 incident as a hate crime. No arrest had been made by late Thursday, said police Sgt. Faith Goodrich.
Police describe the man as 20-25 years old, and being Hispanic or Asian.Aurora Police Department"Detectives are investigating this as a bias-motivated crime and need your help to identify the suspect," the Aurora Police Department said, describing the man as being in his early to mid-20s and as Hispanic or Asian.
Authorities said the incident happened at 11 p.m. at the Rocket Gas Station on Havana Street, a main thoroughfare in the eastern Denver suburb.