LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Lakewood would like the public’s help locating an arson suspect.
According to Steve Davis with Lakewood police, a large number of people went to a home in the 12300 block of West Viewpoint Drive early last Saturday after returning from a late night concert.
“An argument between many of the people on scene occurred and at least two of them, a male a female left for a short while. Before leaving, the two threatened the others at the house,” Davis said in a statement.
Police and firefighter were later called to the home just before 5 a.m. and found the residence fully engulfed in flames.
Davis said investigators believe a short time later Rachel Lewin, 21, and Lucas J. Piper, 22, returned to the residence and used flammable liquid to start the home on fire.
“The other occupants were able to escape with one of them sustaining minor injuries,” Davis said.
Lewin was taken into custody but Piper fled and has not been located. A warrant has been issued for Piper’s arrest for “charges of first degree arson and nine counts of attempted murder due to the number of potential victims.”
Piper is described as a white man, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with brown hair and eyes.
Additional Information From Lakewood Police
Lakewood detectives and West Metro Fire investigators are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Piper or has any information about him, to please call Lakewood Detective Jonathan Lee at 303-987-7111.