A discount arsonist attempted to burn down Foods Co.

On Monday evening, a suspect armed with a knife and some lighter fluid stepped into the Foods Co. grocery store on Folsom & 14th Streets, and attempted to set fire to the place.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Monday evening — prime dinnertime shopping hours for everyone’s favorite discount grocer. According to fire department officials, the suspect entered and “started pouring lighter fluid on the floor.” Bay City News has more:

The suspect was waving a knife and set the floor on fire, police said.

The fire department responded and quickly put the fire out. Two of the store’s employees were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, police said.

Police quickly arrested the suspect, identified as Shaun Lavell Jones, 24. Jones was born a male but identifies as a female, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

According to police, Jones was booked on suspicion of burglary and arson. It is currently unclear why exactly anyone would want to burn down a grocery store with such delightful soda can displays.

[via: SFAppeal]

[Photo via: Street View]

5 Responses to “A discount arsonist attempted to burn down Foods Co.”

  1. scum says:

    Dalton: why no more posts on SFist?

    • We’ll call it creative differences with the folks in New York.

      • Hmmm says:

        “A discount arsonist attempted to burn down Foods Co.”

        “Shaun Lavell Jones, 24. Jones was born a male but identifies as a female, ”

        WTF?

        You’re better off leaving the dull slog that is the current SFist anyway.

  2. Bet the suspect is a regular commenter here.

  3. Skyscraper says:

    What a jerk

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