Police say woman who stabbed victim in Cleveland Heights church targeted her because of faux fur boots

Updated: Nov. 21, 2019 at 11:50 AM EST
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - A woman is charged with felonious assault and attempted murder after she’s accused of walking into a Cleveland Heights church and stabbing a guest.

According to police, Meredith Lowell, 35, entered the Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Wednesday afternoon and stabbed a guest.

During a press conference, police say that Lowell targeted the victim because of faux fur boots.

Officers tell 19 News that Lowell and the victim did not have any interaction before the attack.

The only connection that Lowell has to the church is that she lives close by, according to police.

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On Thursday morning, around 10:15 a.m. Lowell faced a Cleveland Heights’ judge.

That judge ruled that Lowell is now going to be held on a $1,000,000 bond.

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Police were called to the Fairmount Presbyterian Church for the stabbing.

When officers arrived at the church, two people were on top of Lowell, and a yellow kitchen knife was seen within reaching distance.

Witnesses tell police that Lowell walked into the church and stabbed the victim in the arm without any notice.

According to the report, when witnesses saw what happened, they tackled Lowell and were able to get the weapon out of her hands until police arrived.

Staff at the church immediately called 911.


Cleveland Heights Police arrived then took Lowell into custody and helped the victim.

The suspect has a history of violent animal activism.

Lowell was in the news back in 2012 after she was accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder a person who was wearing fur clothing.

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Police confirmed that the victim had fur boots on at the time of the stabbing.

Police say that Lowell is being charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.

According to police, the victim was stabbed in the arm multiple times and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

There were no other reported injuries during the incident.

The church will be closed on Thursday and Friday. It will reopen on Saturday, and Sunday service will resume as normal.

Her next hearing will be on November 25 at 11 a.m.

This is a developing story stay with 19 News on-air and online for updated information.

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