Man seen on video throwing Molotov cocktail at church in North Carolina faces charges, cops say


A man drove to a church in North Carolina and threw a Molotov cocktail at it, video shows.

The 57-year-old is accused of throwing a second device at another church on Sunday May 29.

Now he faces multiple charges in both incidents. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in a news release did not list information about the man’s attorney, identified as Terry Wayne Raeford.

Just after 10.30am, deputies responded to Gray’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Hope Mills, where a Molotov cocktail was allegedly thrown at the building. About half an hour later, a similar report was made near the New Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, about 65 miles south of Raleigh.

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At one of the churches, a man was seen getting out of a car with a bottle-shaped device in his hand before throwing it towards the steps of a building. That’s when a small fire broke out near a sidewalk and patch of grass, according to footage posted by the sheriff’s office on Facebook.

“Security cameras captured the vehicle of the suspect(s) at both locations,” officials wrote. “No injuries were reported in either incident.”

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Raeford, a Fayetteville resident, was arrested May 30. He was taken to Cumberland County Jail and given $200,000 bond.

Officials said Raeford was “charged with two counts of manufacturing, assembling, possessing, storing, transporting, selling, purchasing, delivering or acquiring weapons of death. and mass destruction; exceptions, and two counts of malicious damage to occupied property by the use of explosives or incendiaries; Punishment.”

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Arson Investigation Team at 910-321-6786. People can also contact Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477, through the P3 Tips mobile app, or at

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