The affidavit alleges that a woman charged with arson started a fire in an apartment because of hair products and a phone case


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – New details have emerged about what motivated the Arbor Creek Trail arson suspect to set the apartment on fire on September 14.

Shaniqua Yates, 25, was arrested and charged Sunday by the Memphis U.S. Marshal Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

The affidavit reports that two fires occurred at the resort that day, but does not offer details on the time or location of the second fire.

According to the affidavit, a resident of the apartment complex had previously had a disagreement with Yates over the sale of hair products, an issue over a phone case and money issues.

On the morning and evening of the two fires, surveillance photos show a blue Nissan Maxima with a driver inside matching Yates’ description idling in the complex parking lot outside the woman’s apartment who she was known to argue with.

Police say Yates has a blue Nissan Maxima registered to him.

Several residents of the complex told police they had seen the car outside.

A call was made to the police reporting that a woman matching Yates’ description was trying to gain access to the victim’s apartment.

An additional witness told police they saw Yates get out of the car, enter the victim’s apartment and walk around with a form of light minutes before the fire started.

The Memphis Fire Department said the fire started at 8:52 p.m. in the victim’s master bedroom and was brought under control by 9:21 p.m.

Police said no one was injured, but more than 20 residents were displaced according to the US Marshals Service. The fire department estimated the damage at approximately $300,000.

Yates was charged with aggravated arson and has bond set at $150,000.

She is due in court on September 23.

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