I'm just a citizen - How do I help catch this guy?
My neighborhood has been hit by a series of car arson fires every 3 or 4 months or so (how many I'm not sure of, but my building manager said the whole neighborhood has been hit repeatedly. The last one, I witnessed a gentleman fleeing the scene in a suspicious manner mere minutes before I smelled smoke coming from the parking area under my apartment, and I can describe him in great detail. Fortunately, unlike the other very serious fire set a few months earlier in the building next to mine, this fire was put out before the firfighters even arrived. I informed the head Fireman who reported that I "saw the guy" and yet, because I did not see him start the fire, the fireman said my seeing this person fleeing the scene wouldn't prove anthing in court, and just took my name and phone # and that was it, but he never asked me what the guy looked like.
Since then, no arson investigator has contacted me to get this information either, and I can give a fairly detailed description of the person who was most defintely fleeing the scene in a suspicion manner just moments before I smelled smoke.. So the question is, what do I do? I live in a big city, Los Angeles, so maybe these incidents are so spread apart timewise, that the arson investigator hasn't put a lot of effort into it, or maybe he has a backlog of cases, I don't know... But it seems to me, having a detailed description of the guy, what he was wearing, and the unusual way and route that I saw him flee the scene might be helpful to investigators.
Should I call the fire department, call my local council person, what? I wan't this guy caught. Besides the fact that he's destroying mostly poor people's property, he could get somebody killed someday, and I take it personally when somebody sets a fire twenty feet below the bed that I sleep in, so I don't want to be ignored without a fight. For all I know, my desscription may fit perfectly a person living nearby who has a criminal record of this. If in questioning, he knew there was a witness who can describe what he was wearing and the unnusal way he left the scene, he might confess, even though I "didn't see him set it".
any advice would be welcome.