Woman found after attempted firebombing

December 25, 2008|By Justin Fenton | Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com

Police have relocated an 87-year-old after a firebombing attempt on her home in the Walbrook neighborhood, authorities said yesterday.

The incident occurred early Saturday morning, two days before she was to appear in court to face her alleged attacker in a March home invasion, and police said they were investigating whether there was a connection.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore fire spokesman, said that at about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 21, two bottles of flammable liquid were thrown at the home in the 2900 block of Windsor Ave. One broke through a window but did not ignite, and the other was thrown on the front porch, causing minor burn damage.

The woman, who was home at the time of the incident and heard the glass break, was a victim in a March 27 home invasion in which a man who was working on a nearby house allegedly borrowed a screwdriver and jug of water, then forced his way in.

Samuel Myers, 40, of Randallstown, was indicted in July on charges of armed robbery, assault, theft, car theft and use of a deadly weapon with the intent to injure, and he has been in prison awaiting trial.

The woman, meanwhile, has been relocated following the attempt Saturday to set her house on fire, police said.

"We're looking to see if there's any connection between that offense and this," said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. "There's no evidence in that direction yet, but we're investigating it as well as other matters."

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