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Hotel Clerk Set on Fire in ‘Absolutely Horrific Crime,' Man on the Run: Fort Worth FD

Clerk suffers minor injury in attempted robbery, expected to be OK

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Update: Fort Worth police on Friday announced an arrest in the case. Click here to read the latest update. The original article is below.

Fort Worth arson investigators are looking for the man they say walked into a hotel lobby and set the clerk on fire Sunday night.

Investigators shared surveillance video from the hotel on the 3700 block of Tanacross Drive and said it showed a man walk into the hotel and threaten to burn the clerk alive if he didn't turn over the cash.

The man then squirted a liquid through a small hole in the office's protective glass, covering the front desk, floor and splashing on the clerk.

Arson investigators and the Fort Worth Police Department are both investigating a bizarre incident at the Budget Host Inn in north Fort Worth where a robber lit a clerk on fire Sunday evening, the incident was caught on camera and may be hard to watch.

Moments later, after the clerk picked up the telephone, the man then used a cigarette lighter to ignite the liquid which quickly spread and burned the clerk as he backed away from the desk.

The clerk suffered minor injuries and is expected to be OK.

According to hotel management, that declined to talk with NBC 5 on-camera, the suspect had demanded the hotel guest list before lighting the fire.

The man, who has not been identified, then ran out the front door. He was recorded on parking lot cameras getting into a white 4-door car, believed to be a Honda Accord with a sunroof and rear spoiler.

Mike Drivdahl, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department, posted a video on the department's Facebook page Tuesday morning describing the crime as "absolutely horrific" while asking for the public's help in identifying the man in the video.

FWFD Fire Investigations

***Contains Images That May Be Graphic***On Sunday night, May 24 at approximately 10:15pm, an unknown male walked into the lobby at 3720 Tanacross Dr. in Fort Worth. He made robbery demands to the clerk and threatened to burn him alive if he did not comply. The male suspect then attempted to carry through with his threat causing minor burns to the clerk and extensive fire damage to the office. FWFD Arson and Bomb detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying this suspect. Anyone that has information about this suspect’s identity or this crime is urged to contact Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. James Horton at 817-929-8735 or Tarrant Co Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS where you may remain anonymous. The suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male with long hair. The t shirt and ball cap visible in gas station video, is then covered with a button down shirt and the cap turned inside out. He fled the scene in a white four door car that is believed to be a Honda Accord with a sunroof and rear spoiler.

Posted by Fort Worth Fire Department on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The suspect is believed to be a white man. He was seen wearing a teal T-shirt, which he covered with a pink shirt during the attempted robbery.

Detectives with the Fort Worth Fire Department's Arson and Bomb unit are investigating the arson and are asking for help identifying the man in the video. Fort Worth police, meanwhile, are investigating the attempted aggravated robbery. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call 817-469-TIPS or Lt. James Horton, with the Fort Worth Fire Department, at 817-929-8735.

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