Two Oak Harbor residents are accused of conspiring to torch a car in order to collect insurance money, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged Tyneeta Silmon, 27, and Islaam El-Amin, 31, in Island County Superior Court Sept. 24 with conspiracy to commit arson in the first degree. They both pleaded not guilty.
If convicted, they could each face more than two years in prison under the standard sentencing range.
According to the report by Oak Harbor Police Detective Mike Bailey, police and fire responded to a car fire in the parking lot behind Jazzbones restaurant on the night of June 29. They found a 2006 Dodge Charger which had been burned on the inside. A bartender had extinguished the blaze.
Police found liquid substance splashed inside the car that smelled like gasoline as well as a three gas cans. The officers were able to track down the store where the gas cans were purchased and recovered videotape of the possible suspect who purchased them, Bailey wrote.
The detective also discovered that Silmon had “a tremendous amount of debt,” the report states. In an interview with police, she admitted that her friend, El-Amin, set her car on fire so she could collect the insurance money, Bailey wrote.