Updated: 04/23/2014 6:16 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 10:33 AM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts
Police are hoping surveillance video of a house fire will help them solve a crime. They say the video is of a man who set a fire at a home on Jefferson Avenue in Rochester back in August 2012. No one was injured, but investigators say the fire was intentionally set.
Terrell and Christina Murray, the homeowners, were charged in the crime, but police are still looking for a third person involved.
The surveillance video isn't great, but investigators say it's critical to finding who's responsible. The video shows the suspect entering the home just before the fire.
Captain Ted Kuppinger, Rochester Fire Department, said, “You can also tell that it's a guy and he's a large gentleman.”
It's tough to make out in the video, but this is the person investigators say is responsible for setting the fire. It's classified as an insurance-for-profit arson. The homeowners, Terrell Murray and his wife, Christina Murray, were charged with insurance fraud and falsifying business records. Terrell was convicted and Christina is awaiting trial.
Captain Kuppinger said, “We believe there's a connection between those two people for the insurance fraud and the actual arsonist.”
Captain Kuppinger is asking the public to help make that connection.
Captain Kuppinger said, “Maybe they'll identify something from the video that says, ‘I think that person might be so and so’ and help us connect the dots so we can get a conviction for the arson as well.”
Zaquonte Sharpton lives next door to the now vacant lot. She remembers the fire like it was yesterday.
Zaquonte Sharpton said, “If they find the person who it was, or the people, they should go straight to jail.”
Investigators are urging anyone who recognizes the person in the video or who has any information at all to call and share that information. They're offering a $5,000 reward if you do.
If you have any information, please call the ATF field office at 585-987-2100. All information will be kept anonymous.