Woman charged with arson after allegedly lighting vehicle on fire

UPDATE: Suspect's attorney speaks

By: Nick Mordowanec | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 27, 2020 | Updated July 28, 2020 12:03pm




HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A woman was recently arrested for a felony charge in an alleged arson attempt on a vehicle.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office reported that at about 8 a.m. July 22, deputies were dispatched to the San Remo Apartments, on Union Lake Road in Harrison Township, due to a vehicle intentionally set ablaze.

The suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Fraser resident Sydney Parham, reportedly fled the scene before deputies arrived to discover a black Jeep fully engulfed in flames. Nobody else was reportedly in the immediate vicinity at the time of the incident.

Several witnesses were interviewed by deputies, and a video of the alleged arson attempt was obtained. Parham and the owner of the Jeep were reportedly acquaintances.

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office investigators later located Parham leaving her residence in a vehicle matching that of the suspect’s vehicle. She matched the description given by witnesses and what was shown on video.

With the assistance of the Roseville Police Department, Parham was stopped and taken into custody, later lodged at Macomb County Jail with no bond. There, she was treated for minor cuts and burns.

Parham was issued a one-count felony warrant for third-degree arson. She was arraigned July 24 at 41-B District Court, in Clinton Township, and given $20,000 bond. She is scheduled to return to court at 11 a.m. Aug. 5 for a probable cause conference.

UPDATE: On July 28 Parham’s attorney, Vassal Johnson II, said his client is working mentally and spiritually through her actions. He said that Parham is “more than an acquaintance” to the owner of the Jeep, with she and the man reportedly meeting one another in the sixth grade.

“My client has been a law-abiding citizen for 26 years and she suffered extreme emotional abuse that left her scarred,” Johnson II said. “On top of all that, we’re in this pandemic when stress levels are at an all-time high.”

The attorney added that neither he nor his client has had any contact with the owner of the Jeep.