Man threw urn with grandmother's ashes through car windshield before setting it on fire
A man is accused of throwing an urn filled with his grandmother's ashes through the windshield of his mother's car before setting it on fire in her South Austin driveway.
According to the affidavit, 21-year-old Jamiere Harrison is charged with second-degree felony arson.
The vehicle fire happened Wednesday, Dec. 9, at a home in the 2000 block of O'Callahan Drive just south of Bauerle Ranch Park.
Officers with the Austin Police Department were able to put it out before firefighters arrived. Court documents said officers had been to the home 30 minutes prior for a family disturbance call regarding the urn thrown through the windshield.
Harrison's mother told police that over the past three months her son had been taking items from the home and pawing them without her permission to get money for drugs. Earlier that day she had tried to stop her son from taking a TV, and during that disturbance he grabbed the urn and smashed the front windshield of her Jeep Cherokee. He then drove off in another vehicle -- but returned about 30 minutes later to further damage her vehicle by throwing gasoline on it and setting it on fire, the affidavit said.
He was found later that day by police at a nearby McDonald's parking lot, attempting to sell a car that was in his and his mother's name for marijuana. This was after his mother found him on the 'Meet It' app trying to sell the vehicle.
When interviews by officers he denied setting his mother's car on fire, but did admit to throwing the urn, court documents said.