A Maryland woman is facing attempted murder and arson charges after allegedly setting fire to her house last week with someone still inside. She then set up a lawn chair in her yard and watched the home burn.
Gail Metwally, 47, set fire to her Elkton home on the afternoon of April 29, authorities said. Videos shot by neighbors show the woman sitting in a suspension chair and watching the blaze burn her home. Neighbors heard screams from the basement and helped a woman escape, according to police.
A total of four people resided in the home and two were not home at the time, according to Local 12.
"Witnesses reported observing a woman...setting multiple fires within the home and then setting in a chair on the front lawn, where she watched the fire engulf the home," the statement on her arrest reads. "After a few minutes, Metwally walked away from the scene. While the home was on fire, witnesses heard an occupant in a basement window yelling for help. Bystanders safely assisted her out the window."
Officers with the Cecil County sheriff's office soon found Metwally in the area. She was detained and transported to the Maryland State Police North East Barrack, police said.
Meltway has been charged with first and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, and first-degree assault, as well as two counts of first-degree malicious burning, two counts of malicious destruction of property, and two counts of reckless endangerment.
A motive for the arson was not immediately clear. It’s also unclear if she has entered a plea or if she has an attorney who is able to speak on her behalf
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