Tyler woman accused of setting car ablaze after beating it with pipe

Tyler woman accused of setting car ablaze after beating it with pipe
Travesa Danyet Shun Mallard (Source: Smith County Jail)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An officer with the Tyler Fire Marshal's Office has arrested a woman accused of setting a fire to a vehicle on Roy Street on March 9.

Travesa Danyet Shun Mallard, 31, is charged with second-degree arson. She was arrested on Friday and is being held on a $150,000 bond.

According to an arrest affidavit, the officer was dispatched to a car fire at the intersection of Barnes Street and Roy Street after firefighters found a fully involved car fire. The car was parked at an abandoned boarded-up house and additional burn marks were on the street several feet away from the car, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states a glass object with a paper substance inside was also found and was believed to be a "possible incendiary device."

The affidavit states surveillance video from a neighboring house captured the past hours leading up to the fire. The owner of the car also had cellphone video and Mallard even made her own police report, alleging assault and criminal mischief against herself by the owner of the car.

The cellphone video showed Mallard beating his car with a pipe before removing items from inside the car and burning it, according to the affidavit.

Mallard's report to police showed video evidence of Mallard's SUV leave the scene and then return with a second person in the driver's seat. They then flag down two police officers to make the report, according to the affidavit. Surveillance video shows they then later returned to the car and a passenger gets out of the SUV and starts a fire in the parked car on the corner and drive away. The car is then shown returning again then speeding away as the parked car becomes engulfed in flames.

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