May 19, 2022

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Pensacola gas station clerk set on fire, suspect shows no remorse: ECSO

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A Pensacola homeless woman accused of dousing a gas station clerk in gasoline and setting her on fire allegedly showed no remorse after confirming the victim was severely burned.

Betty Jean McFadden, 30, was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with the attack Wednesday at the Circle K gas station at the corner of North W Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Pensacola.

Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons said that earlier in the day, McFadden had been told not to panhandle outside of the Circle K. She returned to the service station at about 1 p.m. and filled a can with gasoline, went inside and burned the clerk, the sheriff said.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office responds to a Circle K gas station at Massachusetts Avenue and North W Street in Pensacola on Wednesday after the clerk was reportedly set on fire.

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McFadden was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond and remained in custody Thursday.

Before McFadden was transported to jail, she was taken to the ECSO headquarters where she was questioned by detectives, according to the report. At the end of the interview, one of the investigators wrote in the report that McFadden asked him two noteworthy questions.

“As I was leaving the interview room, McFadden asked me if the ‘bitch dead,'” the investigator wrote. “McFadden asked if she was burned all over her body, to which I replied she was and she simply replied, ‘ok.'”

Before McFadden was taken into custody, deputies interviewed multiple witnesses to the attack.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office responds Wednesday to the Circle K gas station on Massachusetts Avenue and North W Street after an employee was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

One of the witnesses, another Circle K employee, told investigators they had been behind the counter when McFadden entered the store and began soliciting gas money from a regular customer who agreed to buy gas for McFadden.

McFadden used the money to fill up a gas can that she was carrying before going back into the store, walking up to the register and throwing gas on a clerk, according to the report.