Deadly Apartment Explosion Due to Manufacturing of Hashish Oil, Arrests Made

Police have made arrests in the Silver Oaks Way apartment explosion case from May 2011.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and manufacturing hashish oil, which resulted in an that killed a , officials said.

The May 21, 2011 explosion on Silver Oaks Way left three people critically burned — with one of the injured, Paul Lom, succumbing to his wounds on May 26, 2011.

The other two injured in the explosion, Evan Aviles, 22, and his girlfriend, Lexie Hutson, 23, were arrested on Thursday, police said.

Here's further information provided by a press release from the :

Aviles and Hutson were arrested for their connection to the explosion that occurred on May 21, 2011.  On June 5, 2012, detectives completed a 13-month investigation into the explosion that occurred at 3624 Silver Oaks, Apartment #B in Livermore. Based on the investigation and evidence collected, detectives were able to conclude that the explosion was a result of Aviles, Huston, and Lom manufacturing the controlled substance of hashish oil.

Evidence collected also showed that Aviles, Hutson, and Lom were actively manufacturing hashish oil and used highly flammable liquid butane to extract the oil. While engaged in the manufacturing of the controlled substance, an unknown amount of highly flammable gas pooled on the floor, which led to the explosion. Lom eventually died as a result of his injuries caused by the explosion.

Aviles and Hutson willingly participated in the manufacturing of hashish oil and acted in conscious disregard for human life while participating in the manufacturing of hashish oil in an unventilated apartment, which resulted in the unlawful killing of Lom.

Cherry June 14, 2012 at 11:36 PM
knowitall June 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Cherry, I am afraid that there isn't a street sweeper big enough to take all the garbage off the streets that we have in our fair city of Livermore. This is really bumming me out. Also, what happens to the trash? It goes into the jail system, where it is taken care of better than most of the hard working, drug-free, tax paying, and law-abiding citizens are. I say, anyone who is: on welfare, hasn't paid into the tax system, is on WIC-all of the stuff on the dole- they get drug tested and have to be negative for everything- and I say a hair test- and THEN they get their coin from welfare. And frickin' start with the couple sitting on the rock at the First St. Safeway 5-6 days a week. First of all, if they were so poor, wouldn't they be skinnier?
Formula1mom June 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I have zero sympathy for this couple. They are LUCKY their recklessness and stupidity didn't kill anyone else. Look at the damage they caused, not only for themselves but their neighbors who homes were damaged and who had to witness the horrific scene. While I'm less than thrilled that if convicted, it's likely that they will be able to obtain a college degree on our dime while kids of hard working, law-abiding citizens have to struggle, I am glad the arrest was made. Their negligence just infurirates me.
Cherry June 15, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Unfortunately drug testing welfare recipients (in FLA) have proven to to be futile. As for those who beg for money on the rock, people need to STOP giving them money. We are totally off topic... I digress...
::thumbs up:: June 15, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Them beggars at Safeway suck. It diminishes the value of an otherwise well created focal point of the community. I know the bald gentleman that used to beg outside of Starbucks got me a few times. I gave him a few bucks over the course of a year and one day I saw him next door in the mexican place and he had a laptop and iphone going to town. After that, no more. All those people should be arrested. While stopped at the light, the pressure youveith glares and it freaks my children out. Enough to make me shop elsewhere.
::thumbs up:: June 15, 2012 at 01:35 AM
And those punks that got arrested, let them rot in jail or give the community the opportunity to stone and cane them. Yeah, I'm bringing back midevil times!
Michael Delfino June 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Remove all warning labels and let God sort out the rest...
Dawn June 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
This is the day I have been waiting for. Thirteen long months. Them going to jail isnt going to take mine and my son's mental problems away after going through what happened that day or what we saw but it sure does make me happy they are getting what they deserve. I live upstairs and for them to put my life my sons life and my nieces life at risk....thats what they get.
JoAnne June 15, 2012 at 02:28 AM
If this was not the first time they chose to create or refine an illegal drug, your family has been repeatedly exposed to very harmful chemicals. The chemicals used in manufacturing illegal drugs are dangerous materials not only because they are explosive, but exposure to these chemicals at high levels and frequency causes physiological damage. What these people did to your family's air quality (especially to young children) and to our communities water quality (if they disposed of the chemicals through the drain) is extremely destructive. To use chemicals illegally for drug production should also cost the producer a few more years and/or dollars for their wanton destruction of a healthy environment.
Local June 15, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Wow, what a couple of hotties... *GAG* What pure white TRASH! It's too bad that it took so long for them to be arrested but thank god they're behind bars now. Ew, their pictures are just nasty. They look like low-life losers straight out of the ghetto, and Livermore really doesn't even have a ghetto. May they live in hell and with regret for the rest of their lives :)
Local June 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM
And is that a frickin HOLE in her neck/throat????
kathy aNNE June 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
I saw that, it does look like a hole in her neck!!
Formula1mom June 15, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Just a guess that the hole is from a trach while she was in the hospital.
Dawn June 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
She didnt have the hole before the explosion
Cherry June 15, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Opinion, I believe welfare is paid on a debit card. I wouldn't know but I imagine you can not purchase illegal drugs with a debit card lol! Someone should write a blog entry for Patch, here I'll write it for you... How to get rid of beggars: DON'T GIVE THEM MONEY. ...end of blog entry.
Cherry June 15, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I had one of these dudes aggressively hunt me down in the parking lot to ask for money. I told him to back the "eff" off that he could get hurt or arrested coming after someone like he did. I should have reported him. It was very un-nerving to say the least.
Cherry June 15, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Looks like she prob had a tracheostomy, the result of her foolish drug cooking no doubt.
Local June 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
What a classy broad!
Local June 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Battle scars!!
Nancy Reeves June 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
After all that's been said and done,THANK YOU TO OUR LPD for a job well done!! Yes these two are off the streets,staying at the 2 star jail,lol but just knowing that justice will be done is comfort enough for me.
Formula1mom June 15, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Dawn, I'm sorry for what you, your son and niece have endured. Hopefully these scumbags will be put away for a very, very long time, if not for good. I wish your family health and happiness.
Cherry June 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Yes, here in Livermore. It was near the Starbucks in the OSH parking lot. I will take your advice if it ever happens again. I was little surprise & unprepared at the time. Good thing I look & act b*tchy lol!
Local June 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The other day I was headed back from Oakland (school) on BART and there was a couple of really filthy, stinky bums on the same train. They were guys and looked to be in their mid-twenties. I was dreading that they would end up going to Livermore...for some reason they're all flocking here!! They got off the train ahead of me at the Dublin station and I nearly puked after catching a whiff of their raunchy stench, I literally gagged and ran around them. It was so disgusting. I was compelled to call the police..but for what? lol Well much to my dismay, a couple of days later I saw them sitting in front of the downtown Safeway close to Radio Shack and unfortunately caught another whiff of their rancidness when I had to walk past them to go inside. WTF!?!?!?!?!?!!? GO BACK TO SF!!!!!!!!!!
Local June 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Apparently "God" is too busy because the situation is only getting worse!!
Truth teller June 16, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Why are the transients flocking to Livermore??? Because our city council encourage them! If you didn't know, the city is currently working on getting a house... YES A HOUSE!!! for several of them to live in! The city also refuses to provide a city ordinance that will allow the police to do anything about them sitting, begging, etc. no reason to call the cops if they approach you, it's not illegal in this fine city. My friend is a carpet installer. He recently installed brand new wood flooring in the home of the lady that used to sit on the rock at Safeway. I guess that couple needs a home remodel too! I keep a stack of job applications in my car and hand them one every chance I get when I get caught at the red light!
Trader Lu June 16, 2012 at 05:45 AM
I think that the city had tried this before - back in the 80's and lost a ton of money and sold the homes. I hope that they are not going to attempt this again. These "good works" are best left to churches and private organizations. The folks who contribute, contribute freely (that is, they do not have a gun at their head if they don't pay their taxes to make this happen). Folks who give to these organizations, make sure that the money it used wisely (not only to house and feed the poor, but to help heal and deliver them from their underlying problems, issues, etc.). The government is incapable of doing this. It is very good at developing generations of people with a victim and entitlement mentality.
Roger V. Tranfaglia June 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM
13 MONTHS....THIRTEEN MONTHS!!!! ???....... Not to say I could do a better job,Why 13 months guys????? BTW I hope you people don't mind too much if I check the Patch/news or my email @ the local coffee shop before I go to work...EH? Roger V. Tranfaglia
Michael Delfino June 17, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Robert, while I don't know the specifics of this case, as a former police officer, there are many reasons it can take a year or longer in cases like this. Given the nature of the evidence, a large portion was probably burned in the fire. So this requires forensic testing at labs and whatnot that often take months and months to come back on. Keep in mind that they have to prove that illegal substances were in fact used in the first place (only confirmed through lab analysis of burnt evidence). Then prove that they were used for the purpose of illegal activity (also through lab analysis in this case). Then prove that the use of those was done in such a reckless manner that there was such disregard for others lives (you need more proof than the obvious dead body which can be chalked up to an unfortunate accident). Keep in mind, those are just three of MANY examples. The nature of the murder charge makes it where I'm sure the PD filed the case with the DA, who is probably then the one who filed the murder charge. The pure bureaucracy of it all takes time. The fact that the two suspects were in the hospital for a significant period of time made it difficult to interview/interrogate them. These are just a few examples. While NCIS, CSI, etc., all make for great primetime tv, the simple truth is that crimes aren't solved in 60 minutes with commercial breaks.
Michael Delfino June 17, 2012 at 07:32 AM
Sorry, that was in response to Roger, not Robert.
Fred Fish October 16, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Glad to see you're still alive! From H.C.C. Productions.... Guess who?


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