He then douses the counter in a flammable liquid, spilling it all over the staff member.
Holding a lighter above the pooled liquid, the would-be thief shouts instructions at the employee; but when the clerk reaches for the phone, the robber ignites the liquid, engulfing the counter in a huge fireball.
"He threatened to burn him alive if he did not comply," fire investigator O'Niell said. "He then carried through with his threat."
Luckily the hotel worker managed to get himself clear, but still suffered minor burns; the hotel lobby was extensively damaged.