CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has arrested a man for intentionally setting an apartment on fire that injured seven people and displaced 130.
Jesus Reyes Lopez, 20, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and damage to property by use of an incendiary device, police said.
Lopez appeared in court Thursday where a judge set his total bond at more than $1 million ($500,000 for each attempted murder charge, $2,500 on the arson charge, and $500 for the damage to property charge).
On Monday, July 17, at approximately 12:58 a.m., officers responded to the Woodscape Apartments located at 5612 Farm Pond Lane, in reference to a structure fire.
Upon arrival, members with the Charlotte Fire Department reported a three story apartment building with flames through the roof and immediately requested a second alarm. A short time later, a third alarm was called.
Residents reported people dropping children from the third floor of the building because the stairwell was on fire, and they could not use it to escape.
Charlotte Fire Dept. investigators and CMPD Arson Detectives were notified and responded to the scene.
During the investigation, members from the Charlotte Fire Investigation Task Force determined that the fire had been intentionally set.
As a result of information and evidence gathered during the investigation, detectives identified Lopez as a suspect in the case and obtained warrants for his arrest. Lopez was located early Thursday morning and was taken into custody without incident.
Approximately 130 residents were displaced due to the fire, which caused approximately $1.3 million dollars in damage.