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Holly Hill residents accused of trying to burn man in vehicle
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Holly Hill residents accused of trying to burn man in vehicle

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Two Holly Hill residents are being returned to South Carolina to face the accusation that they set a vehicle on fire with a man in it.

Michelle Latoya Jones, 34 and Martin Luther Dixon, 49, both of Sugar Hill Road, are facing one count each of attempted murder, kidnapping and third-degree arson, Columbia Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Timmons said. Jones also has a Walnut Street address in Ladson.

The two are accused of confining a 40-year-old male inside a vehicle and igniting it on Aug. 7 in Columbia.

“While the motive continues to be determined, CPD investigators believe the incident stemmed from a conflict between the victim and suspects,” Timmons said.

The 40-year-old male received medical treatment at a local hospital.

The suspects were arrested on Oct. 16 in Hickory, N.C. after a Holly Hill woman alleged that Jones and Dixon used her bank debit card without permission to spend $1,788.45.

The woman said that she gave Dixon permission to use her debit card for a $50, single-use transaction. He was supposed to immediately erase the debit card information from his phone afterwards, according to a Holly Hill Police Department incident report.

Instead, the card was used for transactions with an online hotel booking company.

Jones and Dixon are each facing one charge of financial transaction card fraud in connection with the alleged use of the woman’s debit card.

The two are currently being held at the Catawba County Detention Center on $900,000 bonds, according to a Hickory Police Department incident report.

They are awaiting extradition to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia.

If convicted, Jones and Dixon each face a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD.

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