A 16-year-old girl faces various assault charges for allegedly dousing two school security guards with gasoline and then trying to set them on fire, court documents obtained by PEOPLE show.
Imani Knight-Brantley has been charged as an adult in the incident, which occurred on Monday at Wilkinsburg High School in Pennsylvania.
According to the criminal complaint, Knight-Brantley carried a two-liter bottle of gasoline under her hoodie before attacking Brandon Murray and Leah Pyle. She allegedly asked the school’s vice principal if she could see Murray, with whom she’d had a previous confrontation the week before which had led to her being suspended.
When Murray showed up, along with Pyle, Knight-Brantley allegedly pulled the bottle out of her sweatshirt and covered them in gasoline before dumping the rest on the floor at their feet and pulling a lighter from her pocket.
As other guards tackled her, she allegedly tried to spark the puddle of gasoline at her feet, but failed.
In an interview with police, Knight-Brantley allegedly admitted to trying to set Murray on fire, but not Pyle. She told police that she had been provoked by him the week before, during an incident in which Knight-Brantley allegedly threw Milk at Murray, which resulted in her getting suspended from school. School officials would not comment on either incident to PEOPLE.
Murray shared details of Monday’s attack with WTAE: “She made the threat that, ‘I’ll throw this in your face,’ and I told her, ‘If you throw that in my face, we’re going to have a problem,’ and that’s when she threw it,” he said.
“She pulled out a grill lighter, not just your standard cigarette lighter. It’s a lighter used to light candles and grills,” Murray added. “Another officer intervened and was able to get that lighter off of her before she even ignited [the gasoline]. She made an attempt but it was knocked out of her hand.”
Knight-Brantley has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of causing or risking catastrophe and possession of a weapon on school property.
During a court appearance Wednesday, her bond was set at $100,000 and she was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Knight-Brantley has not yet entered a plea to the charges against her.
Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.