NC suspect seen on video hurling molotov cocktails at two churches; arrest announced

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North Carolina authorities have announced the arrest of a man who was allegedly pictured throwing Molotov cocktails at two churches over Memorial Day weekend.

Terry Wayne Raeford, 57, of Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with two counts of fabrication, assembly, possession, storage, transportation, sale, purchase, delivery, or purchase of a weapon of mass death and destruction; exceptions, and two counts of malicious damage to occupied property by use of explosives or fuel; 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 into two churches Sunday.

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North Carolina authorities have released surveillance videos showing a man throwing a Molotov cocktail at one of two churches.

North Carolina authorities have released surveillance videos showing a man throwing a Molotov cocktail at one of two churches.
(Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

The first incident occurred at about 10:37 a.m., when deputies responded to Grays Creek Church.

Terry Wayne Raeford was arrested for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at two churches in North Carolina.

Terry Wayne Raeford was arrested for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at two churches in North Carolina.
(Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

Less than half an hour later, the New Calvary Missionary also reported Molotov cocktails being thrown at its building at about 11:08 p.m.

Authorities first sought information about an unknown black man who was driving a four-door gray car with tinted windows and said the suspect car was seen on surveillance video of both churches.

Authorities in North Carolina have released a still of surveillance video showing the Molotov cocktail smashing the suspect's car.

Authorities in North Carolina have released a still of surveillance video showing the Molotov cocktail smashing the suspect’s car.
(Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office)

Released video shows the man pulling into the parking lot of one of the churches and throwing what looks like a bottle in the direction of the building. A small fireball is burning on the grass by a sidewalk.

Raeford was held Monday night at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $ 200,000 secured bail and is scheduled to appear in his first court hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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Wright said Raeford is fully involved in the investigation.


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