Authorities: Woman set her own SUV on fire in North Topeka after reported carjacking

Authorities said a woman intentionally set her GMC Yukon on fire early Tuesday in North Topeka. (Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

Police officers responding to the report of a carjacking at a North Topeka business Tuesday afternoon found a vehicle ablaze behind a metal building.


Officers quickly found that it was the same vehicle reported to have been carjacked.

Only the vehicle hadn’t been carjacked at all and had been set on fire by its owner, police said at the scene.

The incident was reported about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of N.W. Gordon.

Police Officer Mitch Soden said units were headed to the carjacking report when they came across a GMC Yukon ablaze in an area of brush just northwest of a metal building at 1828 N.W. Gordon.

The Yukon matched the description of the vehicle that was reported carjacked and turned out to be the same vehicle, authorities said.

Topeka Fire Department crews were called to the scene and quickly put out the vehicle fire.

Meanwhile, police said they soon learned that the fire had been intentionally set — by the owner of the vehicle.

Police said a woman who they identified as the owner of the vehicle admitted to setting it on fire.

Meanwhile, the SUV’s owner was at the scene speaking with police and fire officials for about a half-hour after the fire had been extinguished.

A reporter for The Topeka Capital-Journal asked the woman — who was a riding a bicycle —for comment at the scene, but she declined.

Additional details, including why or how the SUV was set on fire, weren’t immediately available.

Officials at the scene said they didn’t plan to arrest the woman at that time.

There were no reports of injuries, nor was a dollar-loss estimate available.

Contact reporter Phil Anderson at (785) 295-1195 or follow live reports @Philreports on Twitter. Like him on Facebook at



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