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Couple Charged with False Report and Arson

 

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – A husband and wife have been charged with false report and arson after claiming their car had been set on fire after an alleged carjacking.

On September 9th, 2011, around 11:00pm, officers were heavily involved in directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic from Riverfest. While in the midst of keeping traffic flowing, officers had to respond to an alleged carjacking which occurred in the area of 668 North Riverside Drive an area with some of some of the heaviest traffic and pedestrian congestion.

Joshua Bingham and Antonette Bingham

Antonette Bingham, 19, told officers that she had just been carjacked by an unknown male. She claimed the man had pointed a handgun at her and told her to get out of a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. After she got out of the car, he supposedly drove off with the vehicle.

When officers spoke to her at the scene, she could not provide any sort of description of the carjacker. A few minutes later the vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames on North Ford Street. The vehicle was totally destroyed and towed from the scene. Even though there was doubt about the validity of the whole incident, an investigation was opened and the case was turned over to Detective Mike Ulrey.

He interviewed Antonette and her husband Joshua Bingham, 23, about the carjacking. Initially, they both stuck to the carjacking story line. But, after further questioning, they both admitted the carjacking never occurred and they set the car on fire to collect the insurance claim. There was still almost $7,000 owed on the vehicle.

On September 16th, Joshua Bingham and Antonette Bingham were arrested for flase Report and arson.

Joshua Bingham

Joshua BinghamName: Joshua Bingham (B/M)

DOB: 10/25/87
Given address:  3033 33rd Street, Fort Campbell, KY
Arresting Officer: Timonthy Adair
Booked Into: Montgomery County Jail
Charged With: False Report and Arson
Bond: $3,500.

Antonette Bingham

Antonette BinghamName: Antonette Marie Bingham (B/F)

DOB: 12/15/91
Given address:  3033 33rd Street, Fort Campbell, KY
Arresting Officer: Rory Kennedy
Booked Into: Montgomery County Jail
Charged With: False Report and Arson
Bond: $3,500.


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