Being a good crime witness

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, July 24 2014 at 2:15 PM, Updated: Thu, July 24 2014 at 11:24 PM

Are you a good witness?

A string of arson fires since late June have plagued the Medford's city core but so far few witnesses have come forward with information. Medford Police say people ofter over look a criminals description and focus on their behavior.

Nikki Wright is staying at a friends house and believes she encountered the serial arsonist police are looking for after a significant fire broke out just down the street from her residence.

"My friend walked down to Circle K to get cigarettes and I was sitting on the front porch waiting, playing on my phone. a man dressed in all black came out of the shadow and asked for a cigarette. (It was) A gut feeling that something was not okay.

Even with her brief conversation with the man, Wright offered little description but said she hear police talk about a possible suspect over her mobile phone scanner app.

"it was exactly the same guy."

Medford police Lieutenant, Mike Budreau says they often use eyewitnesses to get leads but people forget the information and testimony becomes convoluted.

" They look at the person and thing well that looks really odd, or that guys just weird... but when we ask what did they look like, people usually say something like, i think he had this on." Budreau said.

Hours after the fire broke out near Wright's residence, another fire was reported blocks away at Hawthorn park. Police and fire are investigating a small garbage fire and a palm tree which they believe were both intentionally set.

"It's broad daylight a lot of people are going to work a lot of people out and about- it's a sunny day and to light fires at this time... it's very brazen."

However, few witnesses came forward and Medford police still don't have a suspect or a solid description.

 

 

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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