HOUSTON Crime Stoppers is searching for two men accused of setting a Houston bar on fire after barricading patrons inside.

It happened on April 19 after the two men were removed from a bar located in the 8000 block of Harrisburg, investigators said.

After the bar s staff removed the two men, the suspects approached the front door, closed the burglar bars and barricaded the door with a large piece of wood.

Surveillance video shows the men moving to the back of the business and pouring gasoline around the back exit, before igniting it.

The bar s patrons were able to safely evacuate through a third exit that wasn t barricaded.

No injuries were reported.

One suspect was identified as Jaime Mata. Mata was charged with felony arson and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The second suspect has not been identified, but police said he uses the alias Pepe. On the night of the fire he wore blue shorts with no shirt and displayed a number of distinctive tattoos.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or sent by text message. Just text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information that leads to the filing of felony charges or the arrest of the suspects in the case.

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