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Ashland woman accused of trying to set convenience store clerk on fire

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WOWK) – A woman is accused of trying to set a clerk and convenience store on fire in Ashland. 

It happened around 9 a.m. Thursday at a store at 22nd Street and Winchester Avenue. Police said Felicia Helton, 36, of Ashland poured gasoline on convenience store clerk Navpreet Kaur and the cash register area. 

Kaur says it started when Helton was filling up a two-liter with gasoline at the pump and she attempted to stop her.

I told her in a polite way, I went outside at the pump, ‘excuse me ma’am you are not allowed to have gas in bottles.’

Navpreet Kaur, convenience store clerk

Helton continued to pump gas. In an effort to avoid conflict, Kaur went back into the convenience store. Five minutes later Helton comes into the store and proceeds to pour gasoline all over Kaur’s body.

Kaur says she attempted to protest herself and that’s when Helton began physically assaulting her.

She scratched on my face and my back. She had just turned on the lighter when I hit her and she dropped the gasoline in my eyes. And when she did that, my eyes started burning, I couldn’t see anything.

Navpreed Kaur, convenience store clerk

Fortunately, before she could start a fire, other customers intervened and subdued her until officers arrived. 

The Ashland Police Department says Helton is charged with a criminal attempt to commit murder.  She’s currently being held at the Boyd County Detention Center. 

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