Lucas Piper is wanted in the arson fire at a Lakewood home occupied with 9 people, police say

Police: Suspects had argued with people at home

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Authorities are searching for a 22-year-old man accused of setting fire to a Lakewood home containing nine people early Saturday morning.   

An arrest warrant has been issued for Lucas J. Piper, charging him with one count of first-degree arson and nine counts of attempted murder -- one count for each of the potential victims in the home, said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis. Additional charges are likely, Davis said.

Piper is described as a white man, who has brown hair and eyes. He is 5-feet-7-inches tall and weighs 130 pounds.

Another suspect in the case, Rachel Dawn Lewin, 21, was arrested Monday. She is being held in Jefferson County Jail on first-degree arson and attempted murder charges. Her bond is set at $50,000.

West Metro Fire arson investigators and Lakewood police detectives suspect Piper and Lewin set the fire in retaliation against people in the home.

Police and firefighters were called to the home in the 12300 block of West Viewpoint Drive just before 5 a.m. Saturday and found the house engulfed in flames.

The investigation revealed that a large number of people had returned to the house after a late night concert, Davis said. There was an argument between many of the people in the home. Piper and Lewin allegedly threatened others in the house and then left.

Police believe a short time later, Piper and Lewin came back and used a flammable liquid to ignite the fire, which did extensive damage to the residence. The other occupants were able to escape with one of them sustaining minor injuries, Davis said.