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RPD seeks information in restaurant arson

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The Roswell Police Department is seeking information on a Sept. 30 arson at Margarita's Restaurant, 409 E. Second St. (Juno Ogle Photo)

Police are seeking the public’s help in an investigation of an arson at a popular Roswell restaurant.

A press release issued Wednesday by the Roswell Police Department states they are asking people to come forward with any information that could aid the investigation into the Sept. 30 fire at Margaritas, a restaurant located in the 400 block of East Second Street.

Of particular interest to investigators is information that could lead to the identification of a suspect or suspects in the case.

Roswell Fire personnel and police were dispatched to the restaurant Sept. 30 at about 5 a.m.

Though no one was hurt and the release states fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames, an incident and investigation report filed by the police states that a back storage area behind the restaurant was burned, resulting in $10,000 in damage.

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Todd Wildermuth, public information officer for the RPD, said Wednesday no further information regarding the investigation was currently available for release.

Margarita Zabala, owner of the restaurant, confirmed the fire had damaged a back storage area and some “disposables” were damaged, but declined to comment further about the fire.

She did say that because of the fire, the restaurant has closed down and will remain so for an undetermined period of time so repairs can be made.

People with information about the case should contact the Roswell Police Department at 575-624-6770 or Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-TIPS.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.