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Police Release Video on Arson Suspect Vandalizing LGBT Mural in San Francisco's Mission District

Police released a surveillance video Saturday of a man suspected of vandalizing a mural in San Francisco's Mission District.

In the video, a man is seen approaching the corner of 24th Street and Bryant Streets around 11:10 p.m. on June 29. The suspect then douses the wall with fluid, sets it ablaze and runs away. The fire burns the mural for about a minute and a half, according to the video. 

The mural belongs to the nonprofit arts organization Galeria De La Raza and is titled "Por Vida" or "For Life." The mural was first unveiled on June 13 and celebrates LGBT and Latino cultures.

The mural depicts three scenes mixing queer and low-rider culture. One scene shows two men together, while another shows a transgender person and the third shows two women together.

Before the most recent incident, the mural had been vandalized with graffiti on June 16 and again on June 21, police said.

Police described the suspect as a male, 6 feet tall and weighing 190 pounds. He is wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, white gloves and a black cloth covers the lower half of his face, they added.

According to police, the suspect was last seen running south on Bryant toward 25th Street.

Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-1133 pr use the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444. People can also text a tip to TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message or contact the police department's lead investigator Pete Shields at (415) 553-1133.

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