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Investigators with the sheriff's bomb/arson unit determined the fire at the former Jumping Turtle Bar & Grill was intentionally set. Courtesy photo
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Authorities investigate arson of former Jumping Turtle

SAN MARCOS — Authorities today reached out for help in identifying and locating a young man suspected of intentionally setting fire to an abandoned business in San Marcos last weekend.

The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday at a building that formerly housed the Jumping Turtle Bar and Grill at 1600 Capalina Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness reported seeing a suspect running away from the back of the business, where the fire started, sheriff’s officials said.

Investigators with the sheriff’s bomb/arson unit determined the fire was intentionally set.

The suspect was described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, with black hair. He was last seen wearing a floral face mask and carrying a skateboard.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the fire is asked to call the sheriff’s bomb/arson unit at 619-550-8158 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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