Tampa Police and Tampa Fire Arrest Two Suspects in Apartment Fires

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Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C22Vx8gq2g0 :40 seconds in shows Jacinto Rodriguez Vazquez lighting the bag on fire
Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz7yD8nwG_4 :04 seconds in shows Edwin Torres lighting a bag on fire

The video is also available on TPD's Facebook page www.facebook.com/TampaPD

SUSPECT 1: Jacinto Rodriguez Vazquez, H/M, 2/20/1945, 8220 North Florida Avenue #369, Tampa

CHARGES: 1st Degree Arson

SUSPECT 2: Edwin Torres, H/M, 11/10/1951, 8220 North Florida Avenue #265, Tampa

CHARGES: 1st Degree Arson

DETAILS: TPD and TFR have been investigating nine arsons between September 21 and October 15, at the J.L. Young Apartments, 8220 North Florida Avenue. Investigators placed surveillance cameras at the location to catch the suspect in the act. On October 14 at 11:43 a.m., officers responded to the apartments for an arson. The surveillance camera captures the suspect lighting a bag on fire and throwing it down the garbage chute. Jacinto Rodriguez Vazquez was charged with arson. Three hours later, the second suspect was also caught on tape setting another fire.

Each fire has caused approximately $750 damage, totaling nearly $7,000. Detectives are investigating if these two suspects are responsible for the other fires.
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