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MVPD asking public's help to identify man who set trash on fire

We are looking for witnesses to help us identify a man who set a trash can and its contents on fire behind one of the city's parking lots earlier this month.

On June 1 around 2 am, officers as well as Mountain View firefighters responded to reports of a fire behind City Lot 4 near the rear of Eureka restaurant on the 100 block of Hope Street. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. 

In speaking with folks in the area, we were able to obtain a suspect description. The individual is described as a black adult man in his mid 20s, roughly 5 feet 5 inches tall and about 180 pounds. The man was last seen wearing a dark-colored shirt with light-colored writing on it and dark pants. 

This suspect is also believed to be connected to reports of dumping numerous trash cans across the downtown area between June 1 and June 6, most likely between the late night and early morning hours. 

If anyone has any information on this case, please contact Officer Mike Taber at 

Reporters: If you have additional questions, please contact PIO Katie Nelson at