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Charges filed after police say a man was set on fire

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A Nashville man who is alleged to have doused a local cell phone store with gasoline before setting fire to the business and one of its employees is charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson.

The Metro Fire Department received a call just after 3:30 p.m. about a possible fire at a business on Lafayette street.

Police say Mena M. Boutrous, 28, went to Tornado Wireless to ask for a refund for a phone he had purchased that wasn't working.

Police say the employee told Boutrous that he couldn't get a refund, prompting Boutrous to leave the store and retrieve a gasoline container from his car.  

Witnesses told police, Boutrous came back inside and poured gas on the counter, resulting in a scuffle between Boutrous and the employee.

The police report says, during the fight, Boutrous is alleged to have poured gas on the employee before pulling out a lighter and igniting it. 

Both the employee and the store caught fire.

Boutrous ran outside where witnesses held him down until police arrived.

Detectives say, during an interview Boutrous admitted to pouring gas in the business and causing the fire.

He was booked into the Metro Jail late Saturday night, and is being held in lieu of $1 million bond. 

The employee suffered severe burns to his face and torso.  He is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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