Police are searching for John Vang, suspected arsonist


Thanks to an alert and responsive public, detectives identified one of the suspects in the investigation of Yakitori Sushi arson, which was set on Feb. 4 at the restaurant’s Tudor Road address.

An arrest warrant has been issued for John Vang (36-years-old).

Vang is the second suspect seen fleeing the business in the surveillance video released by police.

[Video: Arsonists caught on camera]

Vang is believed to have burn injuries to his lower body, but is not the suspect who caught his glove on fire. That suspect still has not been identified.

“The public’s response to helping the Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage Fire Department has been very helpful. Those involved in these crimes should know that the public is actively assisting us with tips and evidence.  The ability for detectives to identify John Vang is a great example of spotting something or someone suspicious (in person or smartphone/surveillance video) and calling the police,” police said in a statement.

If you have any information about the suspects and/or this investigation, including video (smartphone/and or surveillance) and the suspect’s whereabouts, please call Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous.


  1. These two despicable, low-life, drains to society are members of the Hmong community. I’m sure they are hiding amongst friends and/or family members. I hope they are brought to face justice quickly.

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