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Police: Suspect fled moments after starting fire that killed girlfriend, dogs

Coroner suggests girl might have died previous to fire

Mobile residence fire on E. Sahara Ave. close to Hollywood Blvd. on Nov. 10 ,2021.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now has obtained new info into what went on hours earlier than a lethal cellular residence fire claimed the lives of a lady and three dogs.

A police arrest warrant notes particulars of the loss of life investigation of 35-year-old Melynda Bown and her three dogs that died in a fire on Nov. 10 at a house close to Sahara Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard.

According to the warrant, officers responded to studies of a home dispute on the residence hours earlier than the fire. The struggle concerned Bown, her brother Samuel and Coleman and officers did attempt to communicate to the couple however solely Samuel got here out and accused Coleman of stealing his Wi-Fi Router and laptop computer and informed officers he would file a report for the stolen gadgets and start the eviction course of his sister and her boyfriend.

Later that night firefighters responded to a fire on the residence and informed police that the couple was not within the residence and that Bown’s automotive was lacking.

Detectives interviewed Samuel and realized that he was the proprietor of the cellular residence the place he, Bown, Coleman, and three different roommates lived. He additionally informed officers that Coleman and his sister had been heavy meth customers and had been at all times in a state of paranoia, to the purpose that Coleman feared individuals had been watching him by the Wi-Fi.

Samuel informed detectives, that after arguing with Coleman that day, he realized he had not heard from his sister, who had been locked within the bed room since Nov. 7, and tried calling for his sister by the locked door however didn’t hear something from the couple.

That’s when Samuel says he informed Coleman he was going to name the police and inform them his sister had overdosed and was lifeless and it was about 10 to fifteen minutes later that Samuel heard a loud explosion that rattled the whole residence and smoke was quickly seen in the lounge and the couple’s bed room.

According to the report, a can of motor oil was noticed on the sofa by these residing inside.

One of the opposite roommates kicked open the bed room door the place the couple was staying and that is when Samuel stated he noticed the mattress on fire.

Samuel together with the three different roommates escaped by a window.

Another feminine roommate informed detectives she was woke up previous to the fire, by the sound of Melynda’s automotive starting after which heard a loud “pop” earlier than seeing smoke in the lounge.

The feminine roommate additionally informed detectives she hadn’t seen Melynda within the days main as much as the fire. According to the fire investigators, the fire began on or across the couple’s mattress on account of an open flame within the room.

During an post-mortem, the coroner report famous there he didn’t observe “soot” in Melynda’s throat and believed she may need died earlier than the fire began.

The trigger and method of loss of life are listed as undetermined, pending the police investigation.

Coleman fled the scene however was arrested in Carson City every week later, after .

Police arrested Shyhelee Coleman who faces the next prices:

  • 1 rely of Arson, 1st Degree
  • 3 Counts of Attempted Murder
  • 3 Counts of Willful Killing, Maiming, Disfiguring or Poisoning Animal of Another
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