TAMPA – A Tampa woman poured gasoline in front of and around the side of an occupied business and threw a lighter on the gas before fleeing Monday afternoon, Tampa police say.
The incident occurred outside a window tinting business at 2604 N. 22nd St.
Cynthia L. Williams, 54, of Tampa, argued with a person about Williams “soliciting money for crack cocaine on his property,” a Tampa police arrest report states. “The defendant left but returned with a one gallon container of gasoline. The defendant then poured the gasoline in front of and around the east side of the structure while it was occupied.”
Williams was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with attempted first-degree arson.
“The defendant was questioned in reference to a close by structure arson but denied involvement,” the report states. “At the time of arrest, the defendant was in possession of the one gallon container of gas and two lighters.”
She remains in Orient Road Jail. Her bail has not been set.