CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A teenager is in custody and a family displaced from their home after police said he barricaded himself in her home and then set it on fire.
It happened at a home near Kirby and Mattis Avenue around 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Officers, SWAT and negotiators were called for a potential hostage situation.
They learned 18 year old Trevor Lewis had tried to hurt his family, and attempted to take them hostage. Police were able to get the family out safely, but Lewis barricaded himself inside the home, armed with a knife. Police believed he was suicidal, and spent almost two hours trying to get him out.
Lewis has several felony warrants for his arrest, and police believed he may be suffering from mental illness Court records show one of his family members has an order of protection against him that was issued in October. Police said he made threats against his parents and was told not to go to their house. They said he showed up Friday night, and his mother called police.
Police said they noticed a possible fire inside the house at 7:19 p.m., and believe it was started by Lewis. The Champaign Fire Department was called, but weren’t able to start extinguishing the fire for 30 minutes. That’s when Lewis surrendered to police.
Lewis was taken to the hospital. He was suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
The house seriously damaged by the fire, and is unlivable.