A fugitive wanted for a 2016 arson in Weatherly turned himself in to authorities and has waived a hearing.
Felix Lazaro Larrinaga-Sanchez, 45, was wanted by local police and U.S. Marshals for more than two months before turning himself in on December 19th. Larrinaga-Sanchez along with a co-defendant is accused of setting a fire that spread to multiple homes in the 200 block of Third Street in Weatherly over two years ago.
The fire occurred in the early morning hours of August 6th 2016. Hazleton News 1 live video shows the fire just 20 minutes after Weatherly Police officer Vince Morrow risked his life to alert sleeping residents and disconnect propane tanks outside homes.
The fire caused over $1 million in damages and left six people homeless.
Police interviewed an unnamed man who stated that hedrove Larrinaga-Sanchez and co-defendant David Alzugary-Lugones to Third Street in Weatherly that night in 2016. The man said the two left the vehicle and came back 30 minutes later smelling like fuel.
The man also told police that the next day he was asked to speak with Toberto Torner, the owner of the property, where he was told “he better keep his mouth shut.”
Torner and his partner Liza Robles owned the property through an LLC. They filed a claim and received $245,000 for the fire. Larrinaga-Sanchez and Alzugary-Lugones were known to work for Torner as handymen.
Currently, charges have not been filed on Torner and Robles in relation to the arson.