HALETHORPE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Maryland have charged a woman with arson and attempted murder after police said she threw Molotov cocktails into a house and two places of worship.

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The Capital Gazette reported Thursday that the woman who was charged is Heather Meisel, 43, of Halethorpe.

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Police say that she smashed windows and threw Molotov cocktails into a house and Islamic center in Halethorpe on Feb. 12. She also allegedly tossed an explosive into a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Glen Burnie.

A Baltimore County grand jury handed down an indictment that charged Meisel with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree arson.

Meisel is being held without bond at a jail in Annapolis. Police said she had refused to attend bail review hearings.

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Public defenders representing Meisel declined through a spokeswoman to comment to the newspaper.


Authorities say the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had connected the cases for local investigators.

She allegedly told agents they couldn’t detain her because she was “royalty.” Investigators also said that she told them she wanted to “send a message.”

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