RICHFIELD — A man wanted in Colorado for allegedly burning down his father's barn, killing four horses in the process and causing an estimated $200,000 in damage, was being held in a Utah jail Wednesday awaiting extradition.
Christopher Thomas Reyes, 30, of Aurora, Colorado, was in the Sevier County Jail as authorities went through the process of returning him to Colorado.
On Oct. 1, a large barn fire in Boulder County, Colorado, resulted in the deaths of four horses, the destruction of a Gator utility vehicle, damage to a John Deere tractor, and the loss of about 120 bales of hay, according to court documents filed in Utah. No one was injured in the fire.
Reyes has been investigated or arrested several times since 2014, police say. Some of those incidents were for harassing his father, who told police that his son was "very mentally ill," according to an arrest warrant filed in Boulder County.
In August, Reyes' father stopped providing financial support to his son, the warrant states.Comment on this story
On Oct. 2, a day after the fire, Reyes posted on his Facebook page a quote from John F. Kennedy stating, "A man does what he must in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles, dangers and pressures, and that is the basis of all human morality," court documents state.
On Oct. 3, Reyes was arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol for investigation of DUI and booked into jail. Utah authorities told law enforcers in Colorado that Reyes had a large burn on his hand that he claimed it was from a curling iron, the warrant states.
Reyes' arrest warrant in Colorado is for the charges of arson, aggravated cruelty to animals and felony mischief, court documents state.