Mental Health

Woman Charged With Terrorizing Family Using Gasoline, Knife, Flaming Sock

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Minnesota woman was charged with terrorizing her mother and her mother’s boyfriend in a bizarre domestic dispute on Tuesday.

Sabrina Lajewel Grey, 22, allegedly hit her mother’s 43-year-old boyfriend over the head with a cooking pot and then chased him down the street with a butcher’s knife. She then poured gasoline around her mother’s St. Paul home, left a flaming sock on the stove and fled the scene in her underwear, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Grey was charged with first-degree attempted arson, second-degree assault and two counts of terroristic threats in Ramsey County District Court, according to Pioneer Press.

Police say when they arrived at the scene four nearby vehicles had windows smashed in. Some had flat tires.

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Several windows on the house were also smashed. Clothing was also strewn about the lawn. Inside, furniture was overturned.

Puddles of gasoline were found throughout the house.

"There was a lot (of gas). I could smell it standing outside," St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said Tuesday. "I'm sure glad it didn't ignite -- it could have badly injured or killed some of our firefighters."

Officers were reportedly frightened that Grey was still inside the home waiting to set it on fire. Waiting outside the house was Grey’s 58-year-old mother, her live-in boyfriend, his 20-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old daughter.

The couple said they had not seen Grey until recently, when she arrived unannounced on Friday after hitchhiking to town from Texas.

Her mother says Grey has an unspecified mental illness.

Grey was being held in Ramsey County Jail Wednesday on $80,000 bond.

The terms of her release stipulate that she can have no contact with the four people she allegedly terrorized.

Sources: Pioneer Press, Free Republic