Melanie Toney, 52, is a violent, dangerous person, a threat to society.
APD arrested Melanie Toney for throwing a molotov cocktail at prayer group outside Austin Planned Parenthood. pic.twitter.com/N0d52nVyd0
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Police have arrested a woman after witnesses say she threw a Molotov cocktail-type device at people holding a prayer vigil at a South Austin Planned Parenthood on Monday, according to an arrest affidavit.Just a few women were holding a prayer vigil outside the Planned Parenthood facility, hardly a threatening, unruly mob of protesters.
Police said 52-year-old Melanie Maria Toney threw the object out the passenger side window of her car where two anti-abortion protesters standing outside of the clinic at 201 East Ben White Boulevard around 6:30 p.m. Monday.
One of the protesters, Ruth Allwein, said she was praying in the grassy area as a volunteer with Texas Alliance for Life when she saw Toney throw the bottle.
"It looked like some sort of bottle, and it had an ignited wick in it, so my first instinct was backing away," said Allwein.
Allwein said she stomped out the fire and pulled out the wick to make sure the fire did not make contact with the contents of the bottle. The affidavit states the flaming item was a "Gum Out" fuel additive bottle with a burned piece of paper towel that had been rolled into a wick and lit on fire, a Molotov cocktail-type device.
Toney admitted to throwing a bottle out the window with some paper in it and said it "might" have been smoldering when she threw it.
Toney is charged with aggravated assault.
Toney thought it would be a good move to throw a "Molotov cocktail-type device" at them. The license plate on the car she was in had been covered with cardboard. She's a real piece of work.
Here's more, from KEYE:
According to the affidavit, the incident happened around 6:25 p.m. on Monday at the Planned Parenthood building on East Ben White Boulevard. Multiple witnesses told police that they witnessed Toney throw a flaming object out of the passenger side window of her BMW SUV near the protesters, the affidavit stated.Here's video:
Police say witnesses reported that Toney had cardboard covering her license plate, in an effort to conceal it.
Police stopped Toney less than 3 miles from Planned Parenthood and she was taken into custody.
The Austin Fire Department and arson investigators inspected the item that was thrown from Toney's car, and determined it to be a "gum out fuel additive" bottle and a burned piece of paper towel that had been rolled into a wick.
Toney remains in Travis County Jail.
Melanie Maria Toney (Mug shot - APD)
Toney is one scary individual. I think it's fair to call her a domestic terrorist.