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Arson suspect treated for burns in Lubbock

Police said Tuesday that Walmart arson suspect Jimmy Guillen was treated for burns sometime Saturday at a Lubbock hospital.

Clovis Deputy Police Chief Trevor Thron said video obtained by authorities confirmed Guillen was treated, though officials are still trying to gather details.

The man accused of starting the Walmart fire in Clovis on Sept. 3 remained at large on Tuesday, Thron said.

Clovis Police Capt. Robert Telles said Monday that authorities had received information that Guillen was in Lubbock.

“We have people in Lubbock trying to locate him,” Telles said.

The warrant for Guillen’s arrest charges him with arson, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence, and felon in possession of a destructive device.

The warrant notes Guillen pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon without a permit on Jan. 11, 2021. Thron said that incident occurred in Reno, Nev.

Police have released little additional information about the suspect’s history or his whereabouts prior to the Sept. 3 fire.

Records show he was found near a small grass fire outside Clovis’ Walmart on Sept. 2 and denied starting that fire. Clovis police also spoke with Guillen about 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 3, picking him up near the store as a “person of interest” after the large fire on the south side of the store caused an estimated $42 million in damages.

The affidavit shows Guillen had “ash and soot on his clothing … cuts and abrasions on his hands.”

But authorities have said they did not have enough evidence to charge Guillen and so they released him.

Anyone with information on Guillen’s whereabouts is asked to call Clovis police at 575-769-1921 or Crime Stoppers at 575-763-7000.

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