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Woman accused of trying to set fire at Jehovah's Witnesses hall

Posted at 11:56 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 14:54:08-05

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) — A Halethorpe woman is being held without bond after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into an occupied place of worship.

It happened last Thursday around 10 a.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Glen Burnie.

Arriving crews found an outside door broken out with remnants of what looked to be a Molotov cocktail inside.

At least two people were inside at the time of the incident. Neither is believed to have been hurt.

Investigators identified 43-year-old Heather Alena Meisel as the suspect, and charged her a day later with two counts each of attempted first and second degree murder, and attempted arson along with several other related crimes.

Detectives think Meisel acted alone, but are still working on a motive.

Congregants say they are not aware of any ties Meisel would have to Kingdom Hall.

"We can't speculate what's going through the individual's mind, but we just want to make sure that everyone is fine, and we're continuing to be a peace-abiding, family-oriented congregation that truly loves one another," said Tony Tait, a spokesperson for the congregation.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-222-8747.