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Stamford Police: Suspect Who Torched Car Fled To Guatemala

Irving Palma is the suspect in an arson fire that destroyed a car.
Irving Palma is the suspect in an arson fire that destroyed a car. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
This is the car Irving Palma left behind when he fled to Guatemala, police said.
This is the car Irving Palma left behind when he fled to Guatemala, police said. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department
Lone male operating 2001-02 Honda Civic sets fire to vehicle on Vasser Avenue.
Lone male operating 2001-02 Honda Civic sets fire to vehicle on Vasser Avenue. Video Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford police have identified a suspect who poured gasoline on a car and set it ablaze in the middle of the night last week and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The Stamford Police Department investigated the Nov. 8 torching with the Stamford Fire Marshal's Office. Investigators were able to identify Irving Palma, 18, as the person responsible for the arson of a 2002 Subaru that was parked in front of 30 Vassar Ave., police said.

Investigators have acquired an arrest warrant on a charge of second-degree arson 2nd with a $10,000 bond, police said. The investigation determined that Palma was upset with the people who sold him his current car and planned the arson as retribution before fleeing to his native country of Guatemala, police said.

On Nov. 8, Palma set the car ablaze, police said. On Nov. 9, he flew to Guatemala and fled the country, police said.

"We have seized his current car that was used in the course of this crime," police said in a statement. (Car is shown above.) "The warrant is active and if Palma ever re-enters the country he will be apprehended."

Police praised the collective efforts of the Stamford Police Property Crimes Division and the Stamford Fire Marshal's Office.

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