Man Facing Arson, Attempted Murder Charge After Business Fire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Nashville man has been accused of attempted murder and arson after he allegedly set fire to a local business due to a dispute with an employee.
Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 28-year-old Mena M. Boutrous has been arrested after he allegedly poured gasoline on an employee of Tornado Wireless, before setting fire to the store.
Police said the incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, at the business located on Lafayette Street.
The incident was said to be the result of an altercation, in which the employee, Rimon Botrous, refused to refund a phone the suspect had recently purchased.
Witnesses told detectives Boutrous left the store and returned with a container of gasoline.
Investigators said an argument broke out between the two after the suspect reportedly poured gasoline onto the store’s counter before setting the store and the 22-year-old victim on fire.
Botrous suffered severe burns to his face and torso. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where his condition was not known.
The suspect was arrested and booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on $1 million bond. He was charged with aggravated arson and attempted murder.
Police said he later admitted to causing the fire.