MURDER USA: Raymond Williams of District charged with attempted murder for attacking clerk with a flaming cup of gasoline in order to steal cigarettes; clerk suffered horrific facial burns
OXON HILL, MD. – Another brutal attack by a District of Columbia criminal has a store clerk fighting for survival in a burn unit.
Prince George’s County Police arrested and charged a dirtbag for the attempted murder of a convenience store employee and with arson for setting the store on fire. Police say the would-be killer is Raymond M. Williams, 25, (DOB 11/10/1994) of 2312 Ainger Place #13 in Southeast, Washington DC.
Police say that on March 14th, at approximately 3:55 am, Prince George’s County Police patrol officers responded to a convenience store in the 5500 block of Livingston Road in Oxon Hill for the report of a fire. The officers located the victim, an adult male who works at the store, suffering significant burns to his face and body. Witnesses advised that Williams had come into the store posing as a customer.
The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect approached the counter with a cup in his hand containing a liquid that smelled like gasoline. He asked the victim for a pack of cigarettes. When the victim turned around to get the cigarettes, the suspect started a fire in the cup he was holding. As the victim turned back around, the suspect doused the victim’s face with the ignited gasoline. The suspect then jumped the counter and grabbed approximately 20 packs of cigarettes and ran from the store. The fire began to spread throughout the business. A witness called 911.
Police say that the victim was rushed to an area hospital and is being treated for critical burns. PGPD officers immediately began canvassing the area for the suspect. The officers located him several minutes later at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Kenmont Road in Oxon Hill. The stolen cigarettes were recovered from the suspect’s bag. He confessed to the crimes.
The Prince George’s County Police Department charged Williams with attempted murder, first-degree assault, armed robbery, first-degree arson, malicious burning, and additional charges. He is in the custody of the Department of Corrections. A court commissioner ordered him held on a no-bond status.
Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905.
Raymond Maleek Williams has pending charges in Superior Court of the District of Columbia for lewd and indecent acts that took place on May 31, 2019, at 620 T. Street NW Washington. When Williams failed to appear for trial after being released on bond, Judge Rainey Brandt issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Williams failed to appear again on Feb. 24, 2020, and Judge Joseph Beshouri issued another bench warrant for his arrest.
Raymond Maleek Williams was living at 1220 Sledge Way in Saint Leonard, in Calvert County, Md., on Sept. 10, 2016, when he was arrested by Calvert Sheriff’s Deputy R. Evans and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. In Calvert District Court on Dec. 2, 2016, in a plea deal with Calvert States Attorney Laura Martin, Williams entered a guilty plea. THE DEAL: Williams was given a verdict of Probation Before Judgement with zero fine and zero time.
Charged with fare evading on Metro in both Fairfax and Prince George’s County, Williams was released on a summons in Fairfax on July 19, 2019, and the charge was dismissed on Aug. 14, 2019. The fare evasion charge in PG County was also dropped.
Photo of 7-Eleven scene courtesy of NBC 4 Washington.