FORT WORTH, Texas — The Fort Worth Fire Department's Arson and Bomb Unit is seeking the public's assistance identifying a man who threatened to burn a hotel clerk alive during a failed robbery attempt.
The clerk sustained minor burn injuries and the hotel sustained extensive fire damage during the robbery incident, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:15 p.m., on Sunday, May 24, 2020, at the Budget Host Inn at 3720 Tanacross Drive in Fort Worth, Texas.
"He made robbery demands to the clerk and threatened to burn him alive if he did not comply," stated the department. "The male suspect then attempted to carry through with his threat causing minor burns to the clerk and extensive fire damage to the office."
The suspect is described by authorities as an Hispanic male with long hair who was seen wearing a t-shirt and ball cap, which were visible in gas station surveillance video. He is seen covering that shirt with a button-down shirt and turning his cap inside out. He fled the scene in a white four-door car, believed to be a Honda Accord, with a sunroof and rear spoiler.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fort Worth Fire Department Lt. James Horton at (817) 929-8735 or the Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at (817) 469-8477. Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.