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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.

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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