Bond set at $50,000 for suspect in ‘My wife is a cheater’ house arson case


William Lindauer is accused of setting his house on fire in Arvada on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The front of the house was spray-painted twice with graffiti that said “My wife is a cheater.”

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GOLDEN, Colo. — Bond was set at $50,000 on Wednesday for William Lindauer, the man arrested after an Arvada house exploded and burned and was seen with “My wife is a cheater” spray-pained on the outside.

A Jefferson County judge said Lindauer can have “absolutely no contact” with the victims in the case after a protection order was put in place for Lindauer’s ex-wife, his three children — ages 9, 7 and 3 — and another unidentified man.

According to the arrest affidavit, Lindauer was seen fleeing the house on a bicycle after the explosion. He told an investigator he didn’t know why he would burn the house, saying he was “drunk” and “stupid.”

The prosecution said it was “an extremely serious allegation,” added Lindauer was a danger to the community and cited his mental stability.

But Lindauer’s public defender said, “While the allegations are serious, they are also sensationalized by the amount of media coverage in this case.”

Before setting bond, the judge said he was concerned about Lindauer’s use of alcohol, the purchase of a firearm and the “extreme destruction” in the case.

Lindauer is facing charges of first-degree arson, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of weapons, cruelty to animals and criminal mischief, according to the affidavit.

Lindauer, 31, lived in the home at 6854 Nelson St. in Arvada that suffered severe damage early Tuesday morning.

Lindauer’s ex-wife and his three children were not in the home at the time of the explosion. There were no injuries.

Firefighters covered the graffiti in the two places where “My wife is a cheater” were spray-painted on the home with blue tarps.

Court records showed Lindauer’s wife filed for divorce in October 2013 and it became final in February 2014. Neighbors told FOX31 Denver that they believed the couple had recently reconciled.

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