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A fire at the Cedar Park Apartments is being investigated as a suspected aggravated arson. Firefighters were dispatched to 3910 Cedar Park Place, Apartment 8A, at 9:23 p.m. Sunday.
Suspect Michael Paul Leeper, 27, was located and arrested. He was booked into the Barton County Detention Center early Monday on a charge of aggravated arson, with bond set at $100,000.
The Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office was in Great Bend on Monday to investigate.
No additional information about the fire was available Monday morning.
Police received a report on Friday afternoon that Leeper had allegedly stolen meat from Walmart. On Saturday, he was arrested at 3:34 a.m. at the Cedar Park address, Apartment 8B, after the resident reported he criminally damaged her front door. He was booked on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer and criminal trespass. He was released after posting a $1,000 surety bond through Ace Bail Bonds. At 8:29 p.m., he called to request a civil standby at apartment 8B.
No additional information was available Monday morning from the police or fire departments.
Leeper is on parole in Barton County for a 2016 offense of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, involving a 13-year-old victim in Newton.