Employee allegedly threatens to set his boss on fire

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis man was accused of threatening to set his boss on fire last month.

Investigators said the suspect poured gasoline on the owner of a Memphis car wash and claimed that he was not paid enough money.

Former state representative Bretran Thompson said he was fine after his employee nearly set him on fire, but he said he does still have flashbacks about the ordeal.

The alleged incident happened at Thompson's business, Luxury Car Rentals on Elvis Presley Boulevard in Whitehaven.

Thompson said he was bending over to pick up trash when he felt what he thought was water being poured on him.  He then realized it was gasoline and it was all over his arm.  He then saw his employee, Levertis Davis, next to him with a lighter.

Thompson said Davis threatened to set him on fire if he did not pay him more money for the cars he washed that day.

A court document said, "Thompson threw $150 on the floor and Davis picked up the money and fled the scene."

Thompson said Davis' father came by within 15 minutes and returned the money.

"Davis called me to apologize," Thompson said.  "He was under extreme emotional stress."

Thompson said Davis had recently been fired from his job at the University of Memphis and was also under financial stress.

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