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Attempted murder suspect in Taco Bell gasoline attack being held without bond

Posted at 6:15 PM, Oct 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 12:01:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The suspect in the Taco Bell gasoline attack makes first court appearance since being arrested.

Mia Williams is facing several charges, including premeditated aggravated murder. A judge ordered Williams be held without bond.

Documents are now shedding light on what led to the attack.

The biggest takeaway is we now know a possible motive for the attack. Williams was angry after getting kicked out of the Taco Bell.

Court documents show an employee asked Williams to leave the restaurant because of a disruption. Then video from across the street at Circle K shows Williams buying a can of gas.

Witnesses say Williams then returned to Taco Bell, asked where the employee was and that's when Williams set her on fire.

The woman now has third-degree burns on about 25 percent of her body. TPD says she's still in serious condition and it will take a lot of mental healing to get past this.

"Burn victims go through a lot not just physically but traumatically as well as their families," said TPD Officer Damon Miller. "As well as people who go through it. That's why victim advocates are working hand in hand with the victim to help them any way that they can."

Court documents show not only did Williams resist arrest by taking off on a bicycle after spotting an officer, the suspect also held up a pair of scissors as if to stab the arresting officer. Backup arrived and got Williams into handcuffs.

The judge ordered Williams to not have any contact with Taco Bell employees, or any witnesses.

Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on Monday, Oct.28.

The next court date hasn't been set yet.