Man Caught on Video Attempting to Burn Down LGBTQ Youth Center

Police are searching for a man who poured gasoline on and lit on fire an Arizona LGBTQ youth center.

LGBT Youth Center Arson
A man, who police have identified as Darren William Beach of Phoenix, is seen dumping gasoline inside an LGBT youth center. (Photo: Surveillance Video/Facebook)

Earlier this month police began searching for a man who set fire to an LGBT youth center in Phoenix. Police have not captured the man, but have released his name.

Allegedly caught on surveillance video, Darren William Beach is seen entering the one-n-ten Youth Center carrying what appears to be a can of gasoline. After entering the building, the man dumps the contents of the can in the lobby and other areas of the structure.

After the man exits the youth center, a fire starts outside, just out of view of the camera.

As KSAZ reports, police are asking for assistance in locating the man.

The fire at the LGBTQ youth center, according to officials, took place at around 11:00 a.m. on July 12. According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, recovered video evidence led to the discovery of arson. Now, fire officials are asking for the public’s help, as they search for a man identified as 26-year-old Darren William Beach, Jr.

Fire officials released little information on Beach, but did identify him as being 6′ 2″ tall, weighing approximately 280 lbs.

According to fire investigators, they’re not treating the incident as a hate crime; apparently the man was a former client of the youth center.



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