Man remains in critical condition after being set on fire at Denny's
A 69-year-old man who suffered severe injuries when a stranger lit him on fire at a Northwest Oregon Denny's restaurant remains in critical condition.
Clackamas County Sheriff's deputies say surveillance video from Wednesday night shows the suspect sitting down in a booth adjacent to the victim at the Denny's on SE 82nd Avenue, across from the Clackamas Town Center.
The suspect dumped a liquid onto the victim and tossed a burning object at him. There was a large flash, according to the report, before the suspect ran out of the restaurant on foot.
The victim has been identified as "Scott" by his family.
"He is sedated right now and not doing well. We have set up a GoFundMe account," his sister Kim Kurtz told KATU News.
In the meantime, officials have distributed flyers throughout the area, asking possible witnesses to come forward.
"This person clearly represents a significant public safety risk. This is a heinous act," says Sgt. Dan Kraus.
The suspect is described as a man with a lighter-skinned complexion in this mid- to late-20s, standing about 5'10" with a muscular build. He was last seen wearing a black flat brim hat, black hooded jacket, grey sweatpants with a black stripe and black shoes.
Surveillance video from Stereo King next door to Denny's shows the suspect walking through its parking lot.
"I think it is crazy man. I mean the guy just moseys through the parking lot real casual," said employee Jordan Burkett. "I was just talking to Clackamas Fire and couple other guys and they say they have been tracking him, doing a small case, some dumpster and some little stuff. And now, it is kind of scary he is moving on to people now... One of them said, you know, they have been looking around. They have had a couple related small dumpster fires and arsons, where I guess they have the guy on camera supposedly."
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp -- please reference CCSO Case # 17-10537.
If you see him, do not approach. Call 911.