Second car burns in ELO

EAST LIVERPOOL – For the second time in as many days, a car was fire bombed in the city, this time in the West End.

While on patrol at 1:51 a.m. Friday, K-9 officer Chad Tatgenhorst reported hearing a loud bang coming from the West End and, shortly thereafter, he was told a car owned by Matt Goatley, 23, 1025 Edgewood Street, was on fire.

Tatgenhorst spoke with Goatley, who said he saw a black male, about 5-feet, 9-inches-tall to 6-feet-tall, wearing a gray hoodie throw what he thought was a fire bomb at his car.

He had video surveillance that showed a large flash of fire and a man running away from his car, according to police, who said the man got into a car driven by a female that went south on May Street.

Goatley told police the vehicle appeared to be a red or maroon Pontiac Grand Am or Oldsmobile Alero and said the man either had tight braids in his hair or was wearing a skull cap.

The fire department responded and inspected the vehicle, but Goatley had already extinguished the flames prior to firefighters’ arrival.

A vehicle owned by Richard P. Austin, Saint George Street, was fire bombed early Thursday morning in a similar attack, with officers also finding an incendiary device next to the front steps of his house in what they have speculated may have been an attempt to burn down the structure.

Police have not said they believe the two incidents are related.