FBI offering $10,000 reward in arson case of police car set ablaze during unrest in Santa Monica

The FBI is offering an award of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of setting a police car on fire in Santa Monica while people were protesting over the death of George Floyd.

According to the FBI's Los Angeles office, on Sunday, May 31, around 5 p.m. someone lit an unmarked Santa Monica Police Department vehicle on fire. The Ford Crown Victoria had been parked at the loading dock of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

A car in flames is pictured during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody, in Santa Monica, California, on May 31, 2020. (Photo by Agustin PAULLIER / AFP) (Photo by AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images)

The vehicle was completely engulfed and destroyed by fire, FBI officials said.

The unknown suspect was described by the FBI as a White male in his mid-20s with a thin build and blond or red hair. He has an unknown tattoo on his upper left arm.

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At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing a gray short-sleeved t-shirt, green pants, brown shoes, a bandana with the American flag printed on it worn over his face and an analog watch on his left wrist. He also wore a black and white baseball cap with a logo reading "Don Pisto," from a bar located in Rasariot and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect was asked to call the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office at 310-477-6565, or the SAFE LA Task Force at (213) 486-6840. Email tips may be sent to SafeLAtips@lapd.online.