Police: Man lit shop’s sandwich board on fire, chased women around store

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SEATTLE — Police arrested a man who allegedly lit a store’s sandwich board on fire, harassed traffic and chased two women around a coffee shop.

Witnesses called police around 1:30 p.m. Monday outside of a coffee shop in the 6400 block of 12th Avenue North in the Roosevelt neighborhood to say a man was threatening to light the coffee house on fire.

According to Seattle police, the man walked outside the shop and placed a cloth on top of the store’s sandwich board and lit it on fire. He stood as the board burned and kept flicking his lighter, police said, threatening to burn down the building.

The suspect then threw the sidewalk sign in front of a car and “repeatedly” chased two women in the store, police said, threatening to hurt them.

Police called to the scene arrested the man. He was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of property damage and harassment.

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