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Victim’s doorbell camera helps Surprise police identify arson suspect

Dec 30, 2022, 6:44 AM
Justin Winjum (Photos via Surprise Police Department)...
Justin Winjum (Photos via Surprise Police Department)
(Photos via Surprise Police Department)

PHOENIX — A suspect was arrested Thursday in connection with an arson in Surprise after the victim’s doorbell camera helped police identify him, authorities said.

Justin Winjum was booked into Maricopa County Jail on counts of arson of an occupied structure and criminal damage, both felonies, according to the Surprise Police Department.

On Dec. 23, officers responded to an arson report at a home near Greenway Road and Bullard Avenue.

Video from the home’s doorbell camera showed a man using an unidentified flammable accelerant to light the front door.

Police received dozens of tips from the community after posting images of the suspect on social media.

Investigators used the tips and other evidence to identify Winjum.

The motive is still unknown, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Surprise police at 623-222-4000 or 623-222-TIPS (8477).

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              Cannabis gummies in a display cabinet at the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A person purchases cannabis products at Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A cashier puts cannabis products into a bag at the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A person purchasing cannabis products at the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is a recipient of New York State's social equity license initiative and the first legal cannabis dispensary to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A person looking at the cannabis products on display at Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is a recipient of New York State's social equity license initiative and the first legal cannabis dispensary to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A person purchases cannabis products at Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A cashier puts cannabis products into a bag at the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              Charles King, left, CEO and founder of Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, smiles as Chris Alexander, right, executive director of New York State Office of Cannabis Management, takes a whiff of one of the first cannabis product made during the dispensary's kick-off press conference, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
            
              A person smokes marijuana from a bong-type device outside the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A person exhales while smoking marijuana outside the Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is a recipient of New York State's social equity license initiative and the first legal cannabis dispensary to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              Crowds gather outside Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is a recipient of New York State's social equity license initiative and the first legal cannabis dispensary to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              A crowded line of people wait to enter Housing Works Cannabis Co., New York's first legal cannabis dispensary at 750 Broadway in Noho on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works Cannabis Co. is a recipient of New York State's social equity license initiative and the first legal cannabis dispensary to open in the state. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)
            
              Chris Alexander, executive director of New York State Office of Cannabis Management, bags the first purchase of cannabis products made at Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, during a press conference to kick-off the its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
            Cannabis vaping products are showcased at Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, for a press conference to kick-off its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera bags her purchase of cannabis gummies at Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, during a press conference to kick-off its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Chris Alexander, center, executive director of New York State Office of Cannabis Management, shows off the first purchase of cannabis gummies bought at Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, during a press conference to kick-off its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera bags her purchase of cannabis gummies at Housing Works, New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, during a press conference to kick-off its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Chris Alexander, center, executive director of New York State Office of Cannabis Management, shows off the first purchase of cannabis gummies bought at Housing Works--New York's first legal cannabis dispensary, during a press conference to kick-off its opening, Thursday Dec. 29, 2022, in New York. Housing Works, a minority-controlled nonprofit serving people with HIV and AIDS, as well as homeless and formerly incarcerated people, will be the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to the general public. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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Victim’s doorbell camera helps Surprise police identify arson suspect