Ashland woman charged with trying to set convenience store clerk on fire

ASHLAND, Ky. (WOWK) – A woman is charged with attempting to burn down a clerk and convenience store in Ashland.

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

Kaur says it started when Helton was filling up a two-liter gas pump and she tried to stop him.

I told her politely, I went out to the pump, ‘Excuse me ma’am, you’re not allowed to have bottled gasoline.’

Navpreet Kaur, convenience store clerk

Helton continued to pump gasoline. In an effort to avoid conflict, Kaur returned to the convenience store. Five minutes later, Helton enters the store and proceeds to pour gasoline all over Kaur’s body.

Kaur says she tried to protest and that’s when Helton started physically assaulting her.

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

Navpreed Kaur, convenience store clerk

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

The Ashland Police Department said Helton was charged with felony attempted murder. She is currently being held at the Boyd County Detention Center.