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Video Shows Suspect in Comet Ping Pong Fire

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    Police Release Video of Comet Ping Pong Arson Suspect

    The above video shows a suspect police say set a fire inside the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in D.C. (Published Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019)

    New videos show a man who police believe set a fire inside a D.C. restaurant that was once at the center of an online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate."

    D.C.'s Arson Task Force released the surveillance videos on Thursday that show the suspect in a blue and white jacket walk into Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue NW on Jan. 23.

    Firefighters responded to a small fire at the restaurant about 9:20 p.m. that night, D.C. Fire and EMS said.

    One of the videos of the suspect shows him trying to knock down or destroy a camera while a fire burns in the background.

    Employees put out the fire that spread to some curtains and window coverings inside the restaurant, the fire department said. There was a minimal amount of damage, investigators said.

    No one was injured in the fire.

    Fire investigators determined the fire was arson and released these photos of a suspect:

    Photos of Suspect in Comet Ping Pong FirePhotos of Suspect in Comet Ping Pong Fire

    Authorities described the suspect as a white man, 25 to 30 years old with blonde hair, a mustache and a beard. He was wearing a blue and white varsity style jacket and blue jeans at the time of the fire.

    Investigators are asking anyone who can identify the suspect to call 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473).

    In December 2016, a North Carolina man armed with an assault rifle traveled to D.C. and fired his weapon inside the restaurant.

    Edgar Welch told police he was there to investigate the "pizzagate" theory that claimed Comet Ping Pong was the home base of a child sex abuse ring run by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign chair, John Podesta.

    Welch was sentenced to four years in prison.

    The pizzeria saw an outpouring of support from the community after the ordeal. Hundreds of signs of support were posted outside Comet Ping Pong in the days after the shooting.

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