State fire marshal seeking Indian Island arson suspect

Posted June 02, 2010, at 4:53 p.m.

INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — The State Fire Marshal’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with an arson late Tuesday night on Indian Island.

Investigators say two Molotov cocktails were thrown into a house on Oak Hill Road about 11:45 p.m., Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Wednesday in a news release.

A man who was inside the house at the time escaped injury and was able to put most of the fire out before the Indian Island Fire Department arrived on the scene, McCausland said. He said the house had minor damage.

Investigators said an unidentified man was seen near the house just before the fire, McCausland said. He said state police detectives completed a composite drawing of the suspect Wednesday. The drawing has been released to the media.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, more than 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and having a mustache and scraggly beard. At the time of the sighting, he was wearing a dark, waist-length coat and a camouflage baseball cap with earflaps.

An investigator with the fire marshal’s office said the arson does not appear to be connected to a shooting that occurred on Tuesday of last week on the same road.

Anyone with information on the identity of the man depicted in the drawing is asked to call the state police barracks in Orono at 800-432-7381.