Man arrested, charged with arson and animal cruelty following Gloucester Co. house fire

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 14:26:56-05

GLOUCESTER Co., Va. - The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office arrested a 23-year-old man on felony charges of arson and animal cruelty after three animals were found dead following a suspicious fire Tuesday.

According to the sheriff's office, officers and Gloucester Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the 12300 block of Beech Trail in response to a fire. Three family pets, two dogs and one cat, were found inside the home, and were unable to be resuscitated.

Arson specialists from the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation were asked to assist, and the fire was determined to have been intentionally set.

Sheriff's office investigators identified the suspect as 23-year-old Ta'Kuan Keontay Bingham, a former resident of the home. He was arrested during a traffic stop Friday.

Bingham was charged with burning or destroying an occupied dwelling and three counts of felony animal cruelty. He is currently being held in the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office jail without bond.