May 26, 2022


Skillful Business Crafters

Suspects sought in downtown Monroe business firebombing

Detectives are continuing to search for an arsonist who firebombed a downtown Monroe business early Tuesday morning and caused damage to the interior.

In a video posted on the Monroe Police Department Facebook page, a shadow of a person could be seen outside Hassett Title, 33 E. Front Street. Moments later, a fire ignites and flames begin to burn items inside a reception area.

Public Safety Director Chad Tolstedt said a passerby luckily noticed the flames and called 911. While the damage was moderate, Tolstedt said it could have been much worse.

All the occupants in the apartments above the title agency were evacuated, and the fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department.

Tolstedt said the investigation revealed the suspect threw a rock through the window and the contents of the front office ignited seconds later. He said it was the second incendiary threat to the business during the past week.