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Woman throws Molotov cocktail at Branchburg business, prosecutor says

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BRANCHBURG, NJ — A woman has been charged after police say she was filmed throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Somerset County business, according to Acting Somerset County District Attorney Annmarie Taggart.

Meredith Kaye, 39, of Plain Township, Pa., has been charged with third-degree arson and attempted third-degree arson of a business on Route 202 in Branchburg Township, Taggart said .

Just before 11 p.m. Monday, Branchburg police were called to the business to a report of a woman, later identified as Kaye, throwing a Molotov cocktail at the building.

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Before police arrived, witnesses told them Kaye left the parking lot in a white sedan with Pennsylvania license plates and drove south on Route 202, police said.

The white sedan was found and stopped on Route 202 with Kaye identified as the driver of the vehicle, Taggart said.

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CCTV cameras outside the business showed Kaye getting out of the white sedan and walking towards the back door of the building. She then returned to her car and drove past the business before throwing a bottle out the window of the vehicle, Taggart said.

Investigators found a broken glass bottle with a burnt paper towel that had been soaked in alcohol on the ground outside the building where the bottle had been dumped, according to the report.

Kaye was charged and released on her own recognizance pending appearance in Somerset County Superior Court.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Branchburg Township Police Department at 908-526-3830 or through the STOPit app.

Information may also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers Information Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stoppers advice will be kept confidential.

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