A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the 25-year-old woman charged with torching several random cars last week in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.
During a hearing Wednesday, Baltimore District Judge Rachel Skolnik said she had concerns the woman may not understand the criminal charges. Lakia Letterlough was charged with 10 counts of first-degree malicious burning
“I need to make sure you understand the case and you can help your lawyer,” the judge told her.
Letterlough said little during the hearing. In court records, she was listed as having no fixed address. One witness told police she was homeless and known to cause disturbances in the neighborhood.
She was captured on surveillance cameras setting fire to at least five cars overnight Thursday, police wrote in charging documents. A manager at the Owl Bar said she found the woman in the bathroom with two canisters of gasoline.
Her attorney declined to discuss the case.
Videos of the fiery spectacle circulated widely online. The fires along Charles Street caused an estimated $100,600 in damage, police wrote in charging documents.
Police have said they don’t know why Letterlough set the fires.
Officers arrested her three other times in the past two months, according to online court records.
On Nov. 16, she was charged with stealing a car in Baltimore, but the charges were dropped. Then Anne Arundel County police charged her with being "rogue and vagabond" and theft of less than $100. She’s scheduled for trial in February on those charges.
Two weeks ago, Baltimore police charged her with second-degree assault and theft of less than $1,500. She’s scheduled for trial in January on those charges.