Thompson went into the Pitt Stop on North Link Street on 2/21/19 to purchase tape. While in the store, he stole a bottle of lighter fluid. He left the store and came back thirty minutes later, with a weapon .

He then ordered the cashier to get behind the counter and tied her up. While doing so, a customer came to the door and forced her behind the counter as well. He then emptied the stolen can of lighter fluid on both women. 

He stole all the money in the register and set the cashier and customer on fire then left the store, after he paused to watch his victims burn. 

The DA says he then went to Shoe Carnival in Tyler and traded out his shoes with a new pair, leaving his old shoes in the store. 

Afterward, he proceeded back to Palestine. In Frankston, he ordered the driver of the car he was in to pull over so that he could burn the clothes he was wearing when he robbed the store.

According to the DA, he was apprehended at a local convenience store with the weapon in his possession.

He was later apprehended at a local convenience store with the weapon in his possession.

“A Life sentence in all three counts is appropriate for the crimes he committed.

This guy robbed a store and set the cashier on fire

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