Police Catch Serial Arsonist


SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Police Department has captured the suspect responsible for multiple arson incidents in the South Market area. Both the SFPD and the San Francisco Fire Department have been working together to identify and apprehend the suspect(s) responsible for the arsons.

Anthony Bejarano, 47, of San Francisco near the 200 block of Harrison Street on Wednesday, June 25. Bejarano is currently being held at the San Francisco County Jail, where he is facing six felony counts of arson including arson of an inhabited structure. Authorities believe Bejarano is responsible for at least four fires that occurred in the South Market Area.

On the SFPD website, the following statement was released, “We would like to express our heart-felt thank you to the public and the media for its rapid response to our request for help in identifying this suspect. The tips we received resulted in the arrest of a dangerous arsonist believed to be responsible for fires set inside of an occupied building last week.”

The SFPD posted 3 photos of the suspect on their website. In one photo the suspect is a male who is seen wearing a tan shirt and black SF Giants ball cap. A second photo also shows the suspect wearing a blue-green checkered shirt, as he enters into the building.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to contact Inspector John Miller of the Arson Task Force at 415-920-2944. You may also report the information anonymously at Text-A-Tip at TIP411. Begin the message with “SFPD” in the subject line or via the Police Department’s 24 hour anonymous tip line at 415-575-4444. A booking photo for the suspect has not yet been release pending identification matters.

By LaDale Anderson