Police searching for University Heights arsonist


Police are on the hunt for a young man they say may have been involved in a pair of Kingsbridge Heights arsons.

Someone walked into a residential building near University Avenue and West 195th Street during the early morning hours of Friday, June 11, and set the door of an apartment on fire. He then reportedly returned the following Monday and did the same thing to another apartment door in the building.

There were no injuries reported in either incident.

Police say they are seeking a Hispanic male, in his 20s, last seen wearing dark-colored clothing and carrying a gray backpack. Video of him is available by clicking here.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the New York Police Department's CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477, or by logging into Tips also can be submitted through the police department's Twitter account @NYPDTips.

All calls, police say, are strictly confidential.