Two workers from P&C Recovery came to Latonia Tamika Monroe-Myers' home in the Southern Estates trailer park to repossess her blue 1995 Nissan Maxima, Detective Keith Vaughn said. He said that Monroe-Myers got into an altercation with the men and tried to pull the car off the tow truck.
As she did, a rod securing the car to the tow truck punctured the gas tank, causing a leak, Vaughn said. When Monroe-Myers went back into the house, one worker got into the Nissan and locked the doors.
Monroe-Myers came back out with a lighter and held it to the gas leak, the detective said. The car went up in flames immediately, and Monroe-Myers continued to try to pull it from the tow truck.
The man inside the car escaped with only scorched arm hair, Vaughn said. He did not need medical treatment.
The car was destroyed.
Monroe-Myers, 38, of 115 Lincoln St., was charged with felony burning personal property and felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. She was being held in the Johnston County Jail under a $60,000 secured bond.