Mom & son accused of torching their foreclosed home
3:50 PM, Jun 14, 2013
9:38 PM, Jun 14, 2013
A man and his mother were arrested for arson after, Winter Haven Police say, they set fire to the home they once lived in.
On Monday, June 10, just after 2:00 in the morning, Winter Haven Fire units responded to a residential fire at 440 21st St., SW in Winter Haven.
At the same time, officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle just one block away. The occupants of the vehicle were mother Tamara Wesson, 42, and her son, John Marshall Nelson, 19, both of Winter Haven.
The pair had just been seen by independent witnesses walking out of a driveway along 20th St., SW, which had direct access to the back yard of the home that was on fire.
Neighbors told police the two had previously lived at the residence that was on fire.
In addition, officers found a crowbar and some rubber gloves inside of the vehicle that they were in.
Wesson and Nelson were ultimately arrested for Loitering and Prowling.
Detectives later learned that the mother of Wesson (Nelson's grandmother), Clara Ann Harms of Winter Haven, owned the vacant home that was on fire, which was currently in foreclosure.
Wesson and Nelson were arrested for second-degree arson and burglary.