GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — A Halethorpe woman was arrested after allegedly throwing a molotov cocktail into a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Glen Burnie, law enforcement in Anne Arundel County say.

Credit: AACO Fire

Police and fire agencies responded to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Glen Burnie for a report of attempted arson at around 10 a.m. on February 13.

Investigators saw an exterior door had been broken out and inside the door were remnants of what officials described to be a molotov cocktail.

Two people were inside the church during the incident, officials said.

Heather Alena Meisel was arrested and charged in Anne Arundel County.

The 43-year-old woman is charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, attempted arson, malicious burning, manufacturing/possessing a destructive device, defacing a religious property and destruction of property.

Investigators believe Meisel acted alone and there is no threat at this time. She’s set to appear in court on Tuesday.

An official at the facility had no comment.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Ava-joye Burnett

Comments (5)
  1. karin halvorson says:

    does she have any ties to the Olympia, Washington area? Multiple Kingdom Halls have been set on fire.

  2. Jack Jones says:

    Rape cover-ups by Jehovah’s Witnesses from NBC Dateline:

  3. CallSignViperrr says:

    She’s probably a victim of childhood sexual abuse in the JW religion. It’s being exposed more and more every day in this cult. The Oxygen Network just released a docuseries covering the years of abuse called, “The Witnesses”. People are coming out after years of suppressing their abuse under threat of “Disfellowshipping” (what JW’s call excommunicating) by their leaders, and are FED UP!!!! Doesn’t surprise me that this happened, and in fact, I’m shocked it isn’t happening more. Then again, many are filing suit against the WTB&TS in NY for their mishandling and covering up, shuffling around of pedo, and victim-shaming the abused. Calling the police? Completely discouraged in this cult. (brings reproach on Jehovah!)

    1. says:

      So she murders a couple of innocent people and that’s ok?

  4. Scott Kennedy says:

    So what’s the latest on this? It has been over a month, and no updates

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