Incident Summary:

03/23/2015: An assailant hurled a Molotov cocktail out their car window targeting a prayer group protesting a Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, United States. There were no casualties in the attack. Police arrested Melanie Maria Toney, a pro-choice extremist, who later admitted to carrying out the incident.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at 201 East Ben White Boulevard.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Texas Alliance for Life
Specific Description Anti-Abortion Protesters: Ruth Allwein
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
A Molotov cocktail constructed from a fuel additive bottle and a paper towel was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pro-choice extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Woman charged for throwing Molotov cocktail," KVUE News Online, March 24, 2015.
"Affidavit: Woman, 52, threw Molotov cocktail at prayer group outside Austin Planned Parenthood," MySanAntonio, March 25, 2015.