LPD: Fire victim was under investigation for indecency with a child

Published: Jan. 27, 2016 at 9:50 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 26, 2016 at 8:50 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police tell KCBD that 44-year-old Andrew Vincent Stover, who died in a West Lubbock fire on Monday, was under investigation for indecency with a child.

That fire is now being investigated as arson.

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Lubbock Police say they were involved because the incident allegedly happened in Lubbock.

They tell us the mother of the alleged indecency victim lives in Amarillo, and that's where the case was first reported to authorities.
But, they say the incident allegedly happened in Lubbock.

Police say investigators spoke with Stover on the phone Monday morning around nine, just four hours before the fire.

Stover's friends and family are left with many unanswered questions.

When asked about the circumstances of the fire, one of Stover's friends, Gabby Sanchez, said, "Someone's who fit, active, strong would have found a way to break the window, get out - thrown the chair out. Done something."

Tonight, neighbors say they were already concerned, but the allegations have created even more discomfort.

"I hope they find out what really happened. Maybe all the neighbors and everyone else would be at peace with it when they find out the real truth about what went on," neighbor Melanie Knabe said. "I have a big family and I have five kids. And we thought it was safe and everything."

Lubbock Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless says they are waiting on the medical examiner to give a cause or manner of death, and that will determine where this investigation will go.

He says the Lubbock Police department is assisting them in this investigation.

Now, a close family friend tells us the allegations are a false accusation, and there is more to the story.
We'll continue to keep you updated as we learn more about this investigation

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