Incident Summary:

11/00/2018: Sometime between November 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018, an assailant attacked a woman wearing a coat with a fur-lined hood at Whole Foods in University Heights, Ohio, United States. One person was injured in the attack. The assailant, identified as Meredith Lowell, had a history of and later carried out similar attacks on people wearing fur and had said “she wanted to set up an animal rights militia.”



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


University Heights

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Warrensville Center road.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A Swiss Army knife 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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted that the assailant had a history of mental illness and pled not guilty by reason of insanity.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Animal Rights extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police: Woman stabbed another in belief she was wearing fur," Associated Press Newswires, November 21, 2019.