Social media wrongly identified this woman as the arsonist in another viral case that happened 500 miles away.
Update and editors note (7/24/2020) – An earlier version of this article included photos showing a burned Jeep Grand Cherokee tied to a viral video. Those photos are from another arson incident that happened a day later in Macomb County, Michigan.
According to a City of Madison Wisconsin incident report from earlier this week (July 21, 2020) ex-girlfriend Kelly S. Hayes was arrested for car arson after witnesses to her arson work noted and reported her getaway car’s license plate.
Initial news reports from other blogs, ours included, ID’d this woman as the arson tied to a viral video showing another arson setting a Jeep Grand Cherokee on fire, gas vapors blowing up in her face.
That arson incident in Harrison Charter Township, Michigan, was a separate incident entirely.
Coincidentally enough, both incidents happened within a day of each other with this Madison, WI arsonist’s mug shot, without eyebrows posted below, further fueling the misidentification.
The arsonist responsible for setting a Jeep Grand Cherokee on fire and having vapors blowing up in her face, according to the latest reports from Metro Detroit News, still has her eyebrows.
In this Madison, WI incident, a former lover identified an ex-boyfriend’s Chevrolet Impala at the 2000 Block of Greenway Cross.
Using a baseball bat, Hayes allegedly smashed out the windows of the Impala, doused the car with gas, and set fire to the vehicle before driving off. The Chevrolet Impala was soon engulfed in flames, with the incident report stating this Impala as a total loss.
According to the State of Wisconsin, Kelly is officially a felon. Arson of a car is a Class 1 Felony punishable by up to 3.5 years in prison, up to a $10,000 or a combination of both.