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Man Hits Vehicle and Sets Three of his Mother’s Cars on Fire

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – On December 18th, 2011, around 7:20am, Emergency responders were called to 500 Block of Helton Drive about a man that struck an unoccupied vehicle parked in a driveway and then set three vehicles on fire.

Anh Nguyen Brown, 43, drove a Chevy pickup across the front of his mother’s yard, at 527 Helton Drive and struck an unoccupied 2006 Chrysler 300 which was parked in the driveway at 529 Helton Drive. He exited the pickup and  went back to mother’s yard and set three of her vehicles, a 2010 Honda CR-V, 2004 Nissan Sentra, and a 67 Buick Riviera on fire.

One of the cars that was set on fire. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)
One of the cars that was set on fire. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)

While firefighters were on the scene trying to extinguish the fire, Brown tried to pour more gas and other liquids on the vehicles in an effort to keep the fires going. The firefighters sprayed him with water to back him up from the scene.

Officers arrived, surrounded Brown in the back yard, and gave him numerous verbal commands in an effort to take him into custody voluntarily. He ignored the officers and a Taser was deployed at which time he became cooperative and was taken in custody without injury to officers or himself.

There was over $30,000 damage to the vehicles involved.   

The reasons behind Brown’s actions are not clear, but medical issues and anger may have been contributing factors.

Anh Brown

Anh BrownName: Anh Nguyen Brown

DOB: 8/5/68
Given Address: 2825 Summertree Lane, Clarksville, TN
Arresting Officer: Ronald Parrish
Charged With: Three Counts of Arson
Booked Into: Montgomery County Jail
Bond: $60,000.

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