Cleveland Heights woman accused of stabbing faux fur wearer to get sanity evaluation

Police: Woman who stabbed victim in Cleveland Heights’ church targeted her because of faux fur boots

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A woman accused of walking into a Cleveland Heights church and stabbing a guest will be getting a sanity evaluation to determine if she is competent to stand trial.

The attorney for Meredith Lowell, 35, asked for the evaluation in court on Tuesday and his request was granted.

Lowell, of Cleveland Heights, was indicted on several charges, including attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

Her bond was recently reduced from $1 million to $250,000.

Cleveland Heights police said Lowell entered the Fairmount Presbyterian Church on Nov. 20, 2019 and stabbed a woman in the arm with a kitchen knife.

Police said Lowell targeted the victim because of her boots, which turned out to have faux fur on them instead of real fur.

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.

Cleveland Heights Police Department holds a press conference about Wednesday's stabbing.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, November 21, 2019

Two people inside the church restrained Lowell until police arrived at the scene.

The victim, whose name is not being released, was treated and released.


Lowell was also ordered to stay away from the victim and the Fairmount Presbyterian Church.

Lowell has a history of violent animal activism.

In 2012 she was accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder a person who was wearing fur clothing.

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