Cellphone customer charged with attempted murder, aggravated arson

Staff Reports • Updated May 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

A Nashville man, who allegedly doused a cellphone store with gasoline before setting fire to the business and one of its employees, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson.

Mena M. Boutrous, 28, was held on $1 million bond.

The victim, Rimon A. Botrous, 22, of Nashville, suffered severe burns to his face and torso. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Metro Nashville Det. Danny Warren said Boutrous went to Tornado Wireless at 125 Lafayette St. in Nashville on Saturday at about 3:30 p.m. seeking a refund for a phone he bought that wasn’t working. Botrous declined Boutrous’ request, which led to Boutrous leaving the store and retrieving a gasoline container from his car, Warren said. 

Witnesses said Boutrous came back inside and poured gas on the counter, resulting in a scuffle between Boutrous and Botrous. During the fight, Boutrous allegedly poured gas on Botrous before pulling out a lighter and igniting it. Both Botrous and the store caught fire. The parties ran outside, where Botrous and a witness subdued Boutrous until police arrived.

Warren said Boutrous admitted to pouring gas in the business and causing the fire. He was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail late Saturday night. 

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