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Publish Date: 9/1/2005

Lyons man accused of setting fire


A Lyons man likely will be charged today with setting fire to a trailer home in which an assault suspect lived.

Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Marvin Hopkins, 39, at about 11 p.m. Monday at his home. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, resisting arrest, obstructing police and two warrants, according to an arrest report.

Hopkins is accused of setting a fire Aug. 19 at a trailer home in which Aaron Milacek lived. Milacek had been arrested two days earlier on suspicion of assault after being accused of hitting a neighbor on the back of the head with a baseball bat.

Asked if he thought the arson was related to the assault, Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Gang said, “Yes, I do, but beyond that, I can’t go into any details.”

Andrea Montoya, who lives with Milacek, said she was relieved someone has been caught. She does not know Hopkins, she said.

“I’m glad they got somebody. I hope that he’ll have to pay for what he’s done,” Montoya said.

She’s been hopeful, she said, because the sheriff’s detectives encouraged her to be.

The neighbor Milacek is accused of assaulting, 48-year-old Kevin Senesac, suffered a fractured skull, the sheriff’s office said. He was transferred from Longmont United Hospital to a rehabilitation clinic Aug. 24, but his current condition was not available Wednesday.

A witness led detectives to Hopkins, Gang said, and investigators are looking for more witnesses to the fire, which was noticed at about 10:40 p.m.

Gang would not confirm whether investigators also are looking for more suspects, but said, “I think you’ll have some answers fairly soon.”

Hopkins is being held at the Boulder County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. If convicted, he faces between four and 12 years in prison.

Hopkins pleaded guilty in July 2003 to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to two years of probation. He failed to appear in court April 26, 2004, for a hearing to revoke that probation, court records show.

He pleaded guilty in March 2003 in Summit County to a felony charge of unlawful use of a controlled substance, according to court records. He failed to appear for a court hearing there in July 2004.

Citing the ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s office on Wednesday would not release Hopkins’ booking photograph or the affidavit used to arrest him.

Victoria Camron can be reached at 303-684-5226, or by e-mail at vcamron@times-call.com.

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