Raymond Pecher, Late Nite Pie Manager, Accused of Arson (Read the Criminal Complaint)

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The manager of Montrose's Late Nite Pie has been charged with setting the February blaze that destroyed the semi-legendary restaurant.

Court documents say Raymond Pecher, 45, was seen leaving the building a little before 4 a.m. February 8, about ten minutes before smoke was first detected. A security cam across the street caught him leaving in a Chevrolet Astro van.

Two other men had been seen entering the building before that and leaving with a bench they loaded into an SUV.

Four different origin fires were discovered by arson investigators, and accelerant was also detected.

Pecher is charged with a felony count of arson.

Pecher denied any wrongdoing to investigators.

The criminal complaint:

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