On February 13, 2020 at approximately 10 a.m., members of the Anne Arundel County Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit, Anne Arundel County Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, located at 1301 William St, Glen Burnie for a report of an attempted arson. Investigators observed an exterior door had been broken out and inside the door were remnants of a destructive device or molotov cocktail. The church was occupied at the time of the incident.
Information gained led investigators to a suspect who resides in Baltimore County. Through a joint effort between Anne Arundel County Fire Investigators, Anne Arundel County Police, Baltimore County Police and the ATF, the suspect was quickly apprehended and detained for questioning the same day.
Heather Alena Meisel, 43, from Halethorpe was arrested and charged in Anne Arundel County with:
Attempt murder 1st degree
Attempt murder 2nd degree
Manufacture/Possess a destructive device
Defacing a religious property
Destruction of Property