Taco Bell incident alarms community

This is the scene where the incident took place last evening. The business will remain closed until further notice. Photo by Jason Bogan

A 32-year-old woman named Mia Williams, reportedly set a woman on fire at the Taco Bell on South Monroe St. before vacating the premises Wednesday around 6 pm. Police are now in search of Williams. The victim was taken away by flight, once the authorities were notified.

Photos from surveillance cameras inside of Taco Bell show Williams wearing a black shirt, tan capris pants, with a red head wrap. Police are now searching for Williams until further notice.

Surveillance photo of the suspect, Mia Williams just before the incident took place. Photo courtesy Tallahassee Police Department

Kiara Walls, a first-year business and administration scholar, as well as a member of the south side community was on her way home during the incident when she heard police sirens and helicopters.

“There were police officers on every corner, I didn’t know what was going on,” said Walls.

Tallahassee native and youth pastor, Raymond Pandley expressed his feelings about his experiences over the years on the south side of Tallahassee.

“Times have really changed; the world needs to learn how to love. We should be brothers and sisters rather than enemies,” said Pandley.

The number of police calls to the Southside has increased rapidly this year. Majority of these recent calls have been due to house break-ins. As police officers are doing their best to keep the city safe, cooperation from the community will also help in preventing future incidents.

Tallahassee Police Department’s Public Information Officer, Damon Miller Jr, gave advice to the Southside community in response to the Taco Bell situation.

“I want all of the citizens to be aware and vigilant. We are always around to protect, but we can’t be everywhere at once. We have to cooperate,” Miller said.

Although the Tallahassee Police Department could not release any information at this time, they directed everyone to their social media pages for details.  Taco Bell remains closed today during the investigation, they have not released any information at this time.

For more information or updates regarding the investigation from TPD, contact (850) 891-4200.