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Man jailed after burning store clerk

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Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson
Nancy Harris Nancy Harris
GARLAND, Texas -

A suspect is in jail after allegedly robbing a suburban Dallas gas station and burning its female clerk.

Police said the incident happened in Garland early Sunday morning. Two Garland officers were across the street from the Fina gas station on the corner of Broadway and Colonel Drive when they saw a flash inside.

The officers said the clerk, 76-year-old Nancy Harris, emerged from the building engulfed in flames from her chest up. They quickly extinguished the fire. Harris was able to tell them she'd been robbed, doused with a liquid and set afire.

Then, police received reports of a man breaking into houses near the station. Matthew Johnson, 36, was arrested and is now charged with robbery and attempted capital murder. His bond was set at $500,000.

Harris remains in critical condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with burns to 40 percent of her body.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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