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Oklahoma City teenager denied setting deadly fire but admits making firebombs

Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, was arrested Wednesday in the Oklahoma City fire that killed an elderly couple. Owen denied starting the blaze but admitted to making firebombs out of whiskey bottles, police reported.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: July 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm •  Published: July 14, 2011
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A suspect in a deadly Oklahoma City fire denied starting it but admitted to making firebombs out of whiskey bottles, police reported.

Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, also admitted to setting his pajamas and a plastic trash container on fire outside his house, a police detective wrote in a court affidavit.

Owen was arrested Wednesday morning. He is suspected in the smoke inhalation deaths of an elderly couple whose house was intentionally set on fire. The couple lived at 7608 S Miller Blvd., records show.

Police reported finding two busted glass bottles used to make firebombs. One was in the street and one was in front of the driveway of the boy's home.

Owen was questioned by police Wednesday because neighbors reported seeking him outside his home at the time of the fire. He lives with a grandfather nearby.

“During the interview, Tristan admitted to taking two whiskey bottles from a friend's home earlier in the evening and, upon arriving … home, taking paper towels from inside of his house and making Molotov cocktails out of the whiskey bottles,” police detective Ryan Porter wrote in a court affidavit.

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