LOGAN, Utah, March 5, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man has been booked into the Cache County Jail after officials say he was involved in a Logan hit-and-run accident in his mother’s car, then attacked his brother and set fire to their mother’s house in Nibley.
Christopher Lee Lescoe, 34, of Cedar City, was booked into jail on suspicion of arson, a first-degree felony; and assault, a class B misdemeanor.
Deputies responded to the Nibley residence, near 3000 South and 1000 West, at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, a probable cause statement says.
Family members identified the man barricaded in the house as Lescoe. They told police that earlier, Lescoe had come out of the house and physically attacked his brother while trying to gain control of a loaded handgun kept in the brother’s vehicle.
The brother had been summoned by their mother, says a statement filed by a detective with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office.
“Law enforcement were called to the scene, and Chris went into his mother’s house and began to move furniture around to barricade himself in the house,” the statement says.
Lescoe reportedly talked to his girlfriend in a video call.
“His girlfriend told me she could see Chris had barricaded the house, cut his arm with a knife, causing him to bleed, and he started the house on fire in an attempt to kill himself,” the statement says.
Lescoe later exited the house through the garage. He was treated for smoke inhalation and the cut to his arm, and transported to Logan Regional Hospital for further medical treatment and for a mental health evaluation.
Firefighters put out the flames.
“The main floor had heavy burn, smoke and water damage,” the statement says. “The upstairs floor, along with all of the items on this floor, were completely burned.”
Lescoe is being held in jail on $21,000 bail. His formal arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in 1st District Court.
Lescoe has previous convictions on drug, weapons and criminal mischief charges.