Lakewood police arrest man accused of arson

Jacob Joseph Medina is being held at the Denver County Detention Center

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/22/20

The West Metro SWAT Team has arrested a man accused of starting a fire in an apartment complex. On Jan. 15 the team, made up of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge police officers, was called to an apartment …

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Lakewood police arrest man accused of arson

Jacob Joseph Medina is being held at the Denver County Detention Center

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The West Metro SWAT Team has arrested a man accused of starting a fire in an apartment complex.

On Jan. 15 the team, made up of Lakewood and Wheat Ridge police officers, was called to an apartment complex at the 1700 block of Kendall Street on reports of a wanted man in the complex, according to a release. The man, who was wanted on felony warrants in Denver, was identified as 35-year-old Jacob Joseph Medina of Denver.

When Medina realized police were at the apartment complex, he allegedly broke through the walls of several apartments in the building, the release reads. The apartment complex was then evacuated, and Medina barricaded himself in an apartment. Police say he started a fire in the apartment complex during that time.

West Metro SWAT Team negotiators talked with Medina, and he eventually came out of the building and was arrested. He is currently being held at the Denver County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree arson, three counts of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, first degree introduction of contraband, possession of a scheduled two controlled substance, possession of burglary tools, possession of a weapon of a previous offender and failure to leave premises.

The Denver Post reported that Medina has a criminal record, including robbery, drug possession and failure to leave a premises.

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