Police searching for suspects in meth lab explosion

Story Comments Share

Updated: 1/04/2013 9:13 am Published: 1/03/2013 5:17 pm

Bixby police are still looking for three people accused of setting a home on fire when a meth lab exploded.

FOX23 first brought you this story last month. It happened near Mingo and 171st in Bixby.

Neighbors say it was one of their major concerns.

"My biggest fear was wondering when the fire was going to happen," said Robbye Goodard, who lives across the street.

She saw that fear happen December 5, 2012. Goddard's son recorded video of the fire around midnight last month.
"They told us to watch out for this particular house," she said.

Goddard, along with her husband and grandchildren, has only lived here a year. She says neighbors have been warning her about the drugs that go in and out of that house the entire time.

"We moved to this neighborhood because it was nice because it was quiet,” said Goddard. “People here in this neighborhood are like us. They work every day for a living."

The Goddards say 27-year-old Paul Kappel, 28-year-old Melinda Broyles and 37-year-old Joshua Kappel were ruining a good neighborhood.

"They always had people coming and going late at night. They wouldn't use the front door they would climb in and out of windows,” said Charles Goddard.

He saw the flames and tried to protect his neighbors' home.

"I went out to start spraying water on the house," said Charles Goddard.

Investigators say the three accused of starting the fire originally told them Broyles was trying to fill a Zippo style lighter with lighter fluid when she accidentally lit it. It caused her hands and several parts of the room to ignite. She was taken to a hospital where she recovered. The home is a total loss. Upon further investigation, authorities realized the fire was caused by chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Authorities found different kinds of plastic bottles filled with chemicals needed to make meth.
"What they did here at the house was obviously dangerous," said Bixby Police Detective Andrew Choate.

He showed FOX23 pictures of one of the shake and bake labs and bottles of chemicals that burned during the fire.

"The environment they were living in is dangerous. The culture they were living in is dangerous," said Choate.

"This is our home,” said Robby Goddard. “And for someone to mess with that it hits you hard."

Anyone with information on the three suspects is asked to call the Bixby Police department at
(918) 366-8294.

Story Comments Share

2 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

aleman - 1/3/2013 6:21 PM
0 Votes
Be hard to find up in Tulsa...blend in with the rest of the one tooth zombies with overgrown ears tryin' to chew their left ear off

aleman - 1/3/2013 5:55 PM
0 Votes
Whaatta wonderfull drug...stupid zombies burn their own house down
CRIME STOPPERS is a citizen-supported program that allows people to report criminal activities anonymously.

The Crime Stoppers Coordinator and the Crime Commission Board of Directors determines the amount of awards and ensures payment to those who provide information, and are responsible for raising money to continue their respective programs
To report a crime call 596-COPS or text a tip by following these directions:
  1. Send text to “Crimes” or “274637
  2. Begin your message with “TIP918
  3. Type your tip and hit send
  4. When the text is received, the sender will receive a PIN number within 10 seconds confirming receipt of the information
  5. The tipster will be instructed to call 911 if an emergency or crime in progress is being reported
Visit the Crime Stoppers web site.
See Also: Webtips
OK Crime Prevention Network

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.