Man, store set on fire in Nashville, Suspect charged - WKRN News 2

Man, store set on fire in Nashville, Suspect charged

Posted: Updated: May 11, 2014 03:49 PM
Mena Boutrous, 28, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson. Mena Boutrous, 28, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An employee of south Nashville phone store was set on fire Saturday, along with the store itself, and the suspect has been arrested.

Mena Boutrous, 28, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson after the incident at 125 Lafayette Street, just south of downtown Nashville.

Police said Boutrous went to Tornado Wireless around 3:30 p.m. to get a refund for his phone that was no longer working.

He reportedly got upset when the employee, 22-year-old Rimon Botrous, denied that request.

Authorities said Boutrous then left, went to his car and got a gasoline container. He returned to the store where he allegedly poured gasoline on the counter, which led to an argument with Botrous.

According to police, Boutrous also poured gas on the store employee before pulling out a lighter and igniting a fire.

A witness caught Boutrous and subdued him until police arrived. The victim was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with severe burns to his face and torso.

Authorities said Boutrous admitted to starting the fire. He was booked in the Metro jail on $1 million bond.

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