A teenager was being held Wednesday on murder and arson complaints after the deaths of an Oklahoma City couple whose home was firebombed.
Tristan Ryan Owen, 15, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the deaths of Boyd Haynes, 87, and Doris Haynes, 86. Owen, a neighbor of the Hayneses, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.
The motive was unclear.
Oklahoma City police Capt. Patrick Stewart said there are no other suspects in the case. Police questioned two other people but released them, Stewart said.
Oklahoma City Fire Department Deputy Chief Kellie Sawyers said when firefighters arrived at 7608 S Miller Ave. after 4 a.m. Wednesday, the garage area of the house was engulfed in flames. Firefighters found two bodies inside. Sawyers would not say where in the house the bodies were.
Neighbor Keven Davis, 26, said he returned home from work shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday and noticed a teenager walking down the street before the house erupted in flames.
He and another neighbor tried to get to the house, but the thick smoke and heat prevented them from getting close, Davis said. Soon the house was engulfed, he said.
Police and fire investigators collected glass from a Molotov cocktail at the scene, Stewart said.
A man who identified himself as Owen's grandfather was reached by phone Wednesday but declined to comment.
On his MySpace page, Owen makes several references to smoking marijuana and says he once was arrested for smoking the drug. He also talks about breaking up with a girl, getting into fistfights with people and enrolling at U.S. Grant High School in October.
Couple ‘were really super, nice people'
A woman who lives on S Miller said the man who lived at the house that was firebombed made white, wooden chairs that he sold in his front yard. She did not want to give her name.
“A lot of older people live on this street,” she said. “I have not even seen too many young people. I have lived here a year, and I thought it was a pretty good place.”
Laura Yount, 78, who lives south of the house, said she heard explosions about 4 a.m.
“I heard a ‘boom, boom, boom,' but I didn't know what it was and went back to sleep,” Yount said.
Her husband, Thad Yount, 80, said he had known the couple for years.
“They were really super, nice people,” he said. “She made the best chocolate chip cookies going. And he made chairs.”
Thad Yount said members of the local Meadow Cliff neighborhood association called Doris Haynes “the cookie lady.” She always sent cookies to their meetings, even when her health was failing and she couldn't attend, he said.
Another neighbor who was friends with Doris Haynes said the couple had been married for more than 65 years and moved into the house in the 1960s.
“She was a really kind, sweet-hearted lady,” she said.