One dead, one in custody after suspicious Northglenn fire

NORTHGLENN, Colo. -- A person was found dead inside an apartment unit that caught fire Friday morning, the Northglenn Police Department said.

Firefighters responded the the Greens of Northglenn apartments at 350 W. 114th Ave. just before 9 a.m.

When firefighters went inside the unit, they discovered the body of 77-year-old Joe Montoya.

The fire, deemed suspicious by firefighters, was put out and no other apartment units were damaged, police said.

Police found the victim's vehicle a few miles from the scene. After a short chase, police were able to stop the vehicle. The suspect then got out and fled on foot.

Police were able to capture the suspect and take him into custody.

Montoya's cellphone was located at a nearby Denny's restaurant earlier in the morning. Reports say there was blood on the carpet in Montoya's apartment as well as prescription pills strewn about.

Police got a warrant to search the apartment in the late afternoon Friday. The identity of the suspect has not been released and police have not revealed a motive for the man's death.

Anyone with information on the fire or death is asked to call police at 303-450-8857 or 303-450-8893.