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Friday, November 15, 2013

Richard Koontz: Elderly Man Accused of Being Serial Arsonist

Posted By on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 at 8:34 AM

click to enlarge Richard Koontz, elderly man, accused arsonist
  • Richard Koontz, elderly man, accused arsonist

It might have gone unnoticed by you, but last weekend there were a handful of fires -- six to be exact -- in a span of 48 hours in San Francisco.

The man responsible, police say, is 72-year-old Richard Koontz, a San Francisco resident.

According to police, the fires started on Saturday morning and continued through Monday all around Polk and Hemlock streets; nobody was hurt, except there was quite a bit of property damage, although police were not able to provide details on the destruction.

Sgt, Danielle Newman says that police tracked down their suspect Monday after the last fire was started. Koontz was identified as the possible arsonist, and police later found evidence that they say linked him to the fire crimes.

Koontz was located and arrested on suspicion of arson; he was booked into San Francisco County Jail where he's been charged with six counts of possession of flammable or combustible material and six counts of arson.

Police won't release Koontz's mug shot, pending identification matter. Anyone with additional information about this burning issue is asked to call Inspector John Miller at 920-2944 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 575-4444.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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