Posted: Jan 8, 2013 9:10 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 9:32 PM
INGLESIDE -- Nearly eight months after the Diamond Cuts barber shop burned down in what authorities have said was a case of arson, there is no new information on the criminal investigation probing a possible link to another fire in neighboring Aransas Pass the same night.
But Paul Tristan, who owned the barber shop, is speaking publicly for the first time since the May 18 fire that destroyed his then-two-month-old business. Tristan said he is frustrated because Ingleside Police have not given him any answers, and have not contacted him since the fire in May. "They [Ingleside Police] told us a week after it happened that they would get back with us, and they never called us to let us know anything."
But Tristan said he does not need police to tell him who is responsible for torching his barber shop because he said he already knows. While he would not give names, he said it was at least two people who were sent to torch his shop.
Ingleside Police Chief Stan Bynam has said the case is still under investigation.
Rickie Kilgore, chief of the Aransas Pass Fire Department, said just because the investigation has taken a while does not mean there will not be any arrests. "It's not really unusual to take this long," he said. "I have seen cases where it's taken longer. It all depends."
The State Fire Marshal's Office has opened a criminal investigation in which they are looking into a possible connection between the barber shop fire and an alleged backyard bonfire around the same time in which Colton Warren and Anthony Torres, both 17, were severely burned.
Kilgore said that although Warren and Torres were severely burned there was never a 911 call which he said is suspicious. "In this case, they have a fire over in Ingleside at the time these kids had supposedly gotten burned. Well, it throws up a red flag is what it does."
The fire marshal's office has not said whether Warren or Torres are suspects.
Neither Warren nor Torres could be reached for comment. In the past, Warren's brother, Patrick Sansom, said the family will not be commenting on the investigation.
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