A man is facing criminal charges after he reportedly threatened his wife and set fire to her home in Block 9100 of the Sierra Del Carmen in the Deer Trail Subdivision east of Conroe on October 25.
First responders from the North Montgomery County Fire Department were on the scene within minutes and reported smoke and fire coming from the home. An engine and ladder from the Conroe Fire Department responded to assist 4 NMCFD engine companies and together they brought the fire under control within 20 minutes. Although the house was badly damaged by fire and smoke, there were no casualties from the fire.
Investigators from the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire and were assisted in processing the scene by arson investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
During the investigation, it was determined that the fire was deliberately set as part of a domestic violence incident. The suspect has been identified as Chris Matthew Levlon. Investigators believe Levlon started the fire shortly after threatening his soon-to-be ex-wife with a knife. Levlon fled the scene before the fire department and law enforcement arrived, and all Montgomery County law enforcement agencies attempted to locate him.
After completing the initial crime scene investigation, MCFMO investigators and other law enforcement agencies searched areas in Montgomery County where Levlon may have been hiding, but he was not found. Later that night, investigators received a lead that Levlon may be in the Austin area where he is from.
Possible locations were relayed to the Austin Police Department, who assisted in searching their area. Levlon was found by Austin PD but evaded capture after a vehicle pursuit.
On October 26, the MCFMO received support from the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, composed of members of the US Marshals Service and deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, along with support from the US Marshals-led Lone Star Refugee Squadron in the area from Austin.
MCFMO investigators received another lead early this morning regarding a possible Levlon location in Round Rock, TX. Levlon was located by members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and taken into custody pending a Montgomery County warrant. Levlon has been taken to the Williamson County Jail, where he awaits extradition back to Montgomery County, where he faces charges of arson and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.