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Suspect who threw gasoline on Taco Bell employee found incompetent for trial

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 15:20:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Wednesday, a court found the person accused of setting fire to a Taco Bell employee incompetent to stand trial.

Mia Williams is facing several charges including premeditated aggravated murder, arson of an occupied structure and arson resulting in injury.

Authorities say Mia Williams poured gasoline on two workers in a Taco Bell on South Monroe Street.

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 suffered third-degree burns on about 25 percent of her body.

"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.