A 35-year-old Port Tobacco woman was arrested Monday on charges of attempted arson and burglary after she allegedly poured gasoline around her home and a neighbor's, then later tried to kick down her neighbor's door after police were called to the scene.
According to the Charles County sheriff's office, neighbors saw Mary Elizabeth Brown remove a gasoline can from a shed July 27 and carry it toward the home of her 63-year-old neighbor in the 7600 block of Burch Road.
Police found an empty gasoline container and took samples of soil believed to be saturated with gas around the woman's house and her neighbor's.
Later that morning, police responded to another call at the same address after Brown allegedly threatened to break into her 63-year-old neighbor's home, apparently because she was angry about police being called to investigate the first incident.
Brown kicked the door in and yelled, "I'm going to kill you for calling the sheriff on me," according to charging documents.
The man shot Brown once in the leg with a rifle as she tried to force her way into his home, according to the police report. Brown was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center and released. The Charles County sheriff's office ruled that the shooting was in self-defense. No charges are pending against Brown's neighbor.
Brown was charged with attempted burglary, destruction of property and two counts of attempted first-degree arson. If convicted, she could face a $50,000 fine and up to 30 years in prison, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.