Seattle Police arrested a man for allegedly setting a pickup on fire near Northgate Mall late Saturday night after a scuffle over a woman.
Police said that the suspect, a man in his 20s, was arguing with the vehicle’s owner, a 28-year-old man, over a woman who was part of their group. The suspect pulled a gun, poured a flammable substance into the truck and set it on fire. The incident occurred in the 11300 block of Corliss Avenue North.
The suspect and the woman ran off while the victim tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher borrowed from a neighbor; after failing in the attempt, he also fled. The fire consumed the truck and damaged some electrical wires above it.
Firefighters doused the fire and police managed to find the suspect and the woman in a Dodge sedan they stopped in the vicinity.
The suspect was arrested and both he and the woman were taken to the North Precinct for questioning and the car they were in was impounded. Two other people who were in the car at the time of the arrest were released after questioning.
Another man who was part of the earlier group had remained with the burning truck and helped officers identify the alleged arsonist and the woman. The truck’s owner remains at large.