Authorities arrest man sought for setting occupied car on fire

The Associated Press

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LENOIR — Caldwell County authorities have arrested a man who they say doused a woman’s car with gasoline and set it on fire as she and another person sat inside.

Officials say Wayne Burns was arrested during a traffic stop in neighboring Burke County early Friday morning.

Investigators say the woman came home to find someone had broken into her house. She went with another person to confront the person she suspected, and that led to an argument.

Deputies believe the suspect poured gasoline on the car with the two people still inside. No one was hurt.

The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says Burns is charged with attempted murder, breaking and entering and burning personal property. He’s being held under a $500,000 bond. No attorney was listed for Burns on Friday.