Police: Hollsopple woman used pages from “spell book” to set car on fire
CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WJAC) — Police say a Somerset County woman is accused of using pages from a spell book to set a vehicle on fire.
According to a criminal complaint, 47-year-old Kristy Malzi, of Hollsopple, is facing charges related to reckless burning, terroristic threats and simple assault.
Officers say they were called July 30 to BK’s Klassics on Bedford Street in Stonycreek Township for reports of a vehicle arson.
They say they learned through interviews that Malzi went to the location to confront a man with whom she had a previous relationship with.
Once there, according to the complaint, Malzi pointed a loaded shotgun at the man and struck him before employees were able to remove her from the building and lock her out.
Witnesses say they then noticed a Ford Focus on the lot was on fire.
According to the complaint, an employee used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out and noticed several burnt pages from a book inside the engine compartment of the vehicle.
During their investigation, police say they found some of the burnt pages lying in the parking lot and the name of the book was “Wicca Book of Spells.”
Police noted that witnesses had told investigators that Malzi was believed to be practicing witchcraft.
They say she ignited the pages from the book before placing them on the driver side front seat of the car through an open window.
Malzi is now being held in the Cambria Count Prison.
Her bail was set at $25,000.