A suspect in a deadly Oklahoma City fire denied starting it but admitted to making firebombs out of whiskey bottles, police
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.
“Tristan admitted to lighting and throwing the Molotov cocktails into the street but advised they did not ignite. Tristan advised he also set a pair of his pajamas on fire on the west side of his house and admitted to burning the trash cans located in the same area,” the detective wrote.
“Tristan denied setting the fire at 7608 S Miller but had no explanation as to how the fire occurred.”
The victims were found inside a bedroom, according to the affidavit. The fire that engulfed their home started outside along the overhead garage door near several wooden chairs located in the driveway next to trash cans.