Terry Wayne Raeford, 57, of Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacture, assembly, possession, storage, transportation, sale, purchase, delivery, or acquisition of a weapon of mass death and destruction; exceptions, and two counts of malicious damage to occupied property by use of explosive or incendiary; punishment, Cumberland County Sheriff Ennis W. Wright said Monday.
Wright said arson investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office identified Raeford as the suspect who threw Molotov Cocktails at two churches Sunday.
Terry Wayne Raeford was arrested for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at two North Carolina churches. (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
The first incident happened at about 10:37 a.m., when deputies responded to Grays Creek Church.
Less than a half hour later, New Calvary Missionary also reported Molotov cocktails thrown at its building at about 11:08 a.m.
Authorities initially sought information on an unidentified Black male driving a four-door grey car with tinted windows and said the suspect vehicle was seen on surveillance video from both churches.
North Carolina authorities released a still from surveillance video showing the Molotov cocktail hurling suspect's vehicle. (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
Released video shows the man pull into the parking lot of one of the churches and hurl what appears to be a bottle in the direction of the building. A small fireball ignites on the grass by a sidewalk.
Raeford was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond Monday evening and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Wright said Raeford is fully cooperating with the investigation.
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