Police hope bleach bottle leads to suspects in attempted arson case

Naugatuck police are looking to identify the store where this Clorox Bleach bottle was sold. Officers found the bottle next to an SUV, which someone tried to light on fire, on Greenwood Street on Monday. -CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — Police are hoping a 30-ounce bottle of Clorox Bleach will lead to the suspect or suspects that attempted to light an SUV on fire on Greenwood Street Monday afternoon.

The vehicle, a gray Subaru Forester, is believed to be connected with a shooting that injured four people outside Bridgeport Superior Court shortly after 12 p.m. on Monday, Bridgeport police said.

The vehicle was turned over to Bridgeport police and is part of an ongoing investigation into the shooting, according to Capt. Brian Fitzgerald, head of the Bridgeport Police Department’s detective bureau.

Naugatuck police found the Subaru on Greenwood Street, a cul-de-sac off Prospect Street, at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday after a resident reported it seemed suspicious parked on the street, Deputy Police Chief C. Colin McAllister said. He said an officer attempted to stop the Subaru about an hour earlier, but the driver eluded the officer.

McAllister said someone used an accelerant to try to light the Subaru on fire but wasn’t successful.

Officers found the bleach bottle near the SUV and they believe it was used by the suspect or suspects in attempt to clean up the scene.

McAllister said borough police opened an investigation into the attempted arson in Naugatuck. He said officers canvassed area stores trying to find one that sells a 30-ounce Clorox Bleach for $2.79 and uses the same type of price tag that was on the bottle in an attempt to identify the suspect or suspects.

Naugatuck police asked anyone with information on the incident to contact Detective Andre Moutela at 203-720-2588 or Sgt. Danielle Bailey at 203-720-2586.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments from Bridgeport police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald about the SUV being part of an ongoing investigation into a shooting in Bridgeport.