Arrested in Iowa for dousing a woman in flammable substance and setting her on fire
Lindsy Maves, a 28-year-old woman, is charged with attempted murder after she reportedly set another woman on fire, forcing her to seek medical attention.
According to the Council Bluffs Police Department, officers arriving on the scene at 1435 N.15th Street in Council Bluffs, Iowa, shortly after 4:30 a.m. on Monday discovered Christine Weilage out front of a building with “serious burns” on her body.
The alleged attack, on the other hand, took place around three blocks distant. Brandy Wallar, director of New Visions Homeless Services, where Weilage was discovered, told WOWT that the victim and those who witnessed her go towards the building were “traumatized.”
“It was terrifying because we didn’t know whether she would live or die. There’s a ripple effect, and people are wondering if it could happen to them, too,” Wallar explained.
For treatment, Weilage was transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Maves was arrested and placed into the Pottawattamie County jail on Monday, nearly 14 hours after officers arrived at the crime site. Maves was charged with attempted murder, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in jail, as well as deliberate injury resulting in serious injury and first-degree arson, all of which are punished by up to 25 years in prison.
Although the investigation is still underway, Council Bluffs police think a “disturbance” occurred between Weilage and Maves. Maves allegedly “sprayed a combustible substance” on Weilage and then set her on fire, according to the police department.
When a witness attempted to put out the fire, Maves allegedly retaliated by beating the victim in the face with a “unknown item.”
The 28-year-old had vanished by the time authorities got on the site. Police had been unable to find the suspect when the first news release was published. However, on Monday evening, the police announced they’d found Maves and arrested her on the three charges.
According to WOWT, investigators believe the two women were arguing over a man, and Maves’ bond was set at $25,000.
Weilage sustained third-degree burns on 20% of her body and a fractured nose, according to a GoFundMe set up to help cover her medical expenses. This is a condensed version of the information.