Deputy State Fire Marshals concluded a vehicle fire investigation with the arrest of the owner of the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta located on fire in a field near 37955 Manor Road in Clements, on October 4, 2016.
Investigators determined the vehicle owner, Tierra Monique Preston, 28, of Washington D.C. was responsible for intentionally setting her car on fire.
Preston initially told investigators she had been carjacked in Suitland, prior to the car being located on fire in the field.
Her statement was determined to be false and Preston was arrested in Howard County.
Preston was charged with Arson 2nd Degree, Conspiracy Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning / Fraud and Malicious Destruction of Property.
Preston was transferred to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center.