Walter Bond, 34, faces a federal arson charge and spoke to 9Wants to Know from the Jefferson County jail where he is being held.
"All I can say is that I believe in animal liberation, whatever it may take," Bond said when 9Wants to Know reporter Jace Larson asked if he started the Sheepskin Factory fire.
"I can neither confirm or deny any involvement," he said.
ATF agents arrested Bond on July 22 in Northglenn. He pleaded not guilty to the federal charge July 28.
In the jailhouse interview which took place Wednesday night, Bond expressed his anger at the Sheepskin Factory's owner.
"They are a blood trade. They are profiting from the death and exploitation of suffering animals," Bond said.
The Sheepskin Factory sells a variety of sheepskin products such as seat covers and shoes. It sells the products nationwide. The business was located at 510 S. Colorado Blvd. but has since moved to a near by location.
According to the federal complaint reviewed by 9Wants to Know, Bond met with a confidential informant on July 22 in Denver and admitted to burning down the Sheepskin Factory, a leather factory in Utah and a restaurant in Utah.
Bond said he was angry that the businesses profited from animals, according to the complaint.
Bond has a tattoo on his neck that reads: "vegan."
Court records say Bond calls himself the "Lone Wolf" and said the businesses all represent animals that wolves typically hunt.
In a letter posted on the Animal Liberation Front website written by ALF "Lone Wolf", Wolf says the Sheepskin Factory fire in Denver was in "defense and retaliation for all the innocent animals that have died cruelly at the hands of human oppressors.... Go Vegan!"
The interview with Bond abruptly ended when 9Wants to Know asked Bond if he is Lone Wolf.
"No comment sir. Thank you," Bond said as he knocked on the glass door behind the interview room summoning a sheriff's deputy.
Bond did not answer any more questions.
Bond faces between five and 20 years in prison if convicted of arson of property affecting interstate commerce.
Bond has been convicted of arson before.
In 1997, Bond set a house on fire in Mason City, Iowa and was convicted of arson. He served time in prison, according to the complaint.
Billie Jo Riley, an acquaintance of Bond's who watched him get arrested, describes Bond as an unlikeable drifter who they would only see occasionally.
Riley says after not seeing him a couple of months, Bond showed up July 20 while she was cooking dinner.
"Walter came over Tuesday and my husband gave him a bike and I was grilling hamburgers and Walter ate two hamburgers," Riley said.
A 9NEWS producer asked, "Real hamburgers?"
Riley answered, "Yeah."
"And he knew they were hamburgers?" asked the producer.
"He ate two of them, two of them," said Riley.
A group that speaks for the ALF or Animal Liberation Front said that if Bond is the actual "Lone Wolf" who burned down three places, he is a hero.
A member of the group told 9Wants to Know that the group plans to support Bond with his legal battles, and send him letters, money and books to read while he's in jail fighting the charges.
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