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Sheriff’s Office: Man threw Molotov cocktails at two churches


Editor's note: This story has been updated with the arrest of a suspect.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with throwing Molotov cocktails at two churches Sunday morning. 

No injuries were reported, the Sheriff’s Office said in a release Sunday night.

On Monday, arson investigators charged Terry Wayne Raeford, 57, of Fayetteville, with two counts of manufacturing and possession of a weapon of mass destruction and two counts of malicious damage to occupied property by use of an incendiary device.

Raeford was held at the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond. His first appearance in court is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Raeford is cooperating with the investigation, the Sheriff's Office said. 

Deputies responded to the first incident just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Grays Creek Church at 4750 Grays Creek Church Road. Deputies responded to the second incident just after 11 a.m. Sunday at New Calvary Missionary Baptist at 3862 Gateway Drive, the Sheriff’s Office said. 

Arson investigators obtained video footage from both churches. Security cameras showed a four-door gray vehicle with tinted windows at both locations, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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