QUITMAN COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - PRESS RELEASE
FORT BENNING SOLDIER ARRESTED IN QUITMAN COUNTY FOR ARSON
Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Lee Johnson was arrested Friday by Quitman County Chief Deputy Javier Garcia. Sergeant Johnson is currently stationed at Fort Benning and has a Phenix City, Alabama address.
Sergeant Johnson is alleged to have driven his 2007 Chrysler 300 along Georgia Highway 39 into Quitman County on July 5, 2010 where he set the car on fire after driving it off the roadway to a secluded spot.
A few days later Johnson went to Columbus Police and filed a stolen vehicle report telling Columbus authorities that his car was stolen while he was drinking inside a local night club.
Columbus Police and Fort Benning Criminal Investigation Division assisted with the case. Investigation revealed that the night club was not open at the time of the alleged theft.
The Sergeant was tracked and located in the vicinity where his vehicle was found to be burned. According to Sergeant Johnson, he burned the car to get the insurance money as he is having financial difficulty.
"It is very unpleasant to arrest one of our fighting men, but we must all take responsibility for our decisions and pay for our mistakes."
Sergeant Johnson was booked on 2nd Degree Arson, Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud. He was then released to Military Authorities at Fort Benning.