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Police: Fayetteville man tried to set brother on fire

Posted December 9, 2011

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— Police arrested a Fayetteville man Friday after he is allegedly tried to set his brother on fire.

Roderick Mardell Whitted, 39, of Nottingham Drive, is charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 bond.

Officers responded to a reported domestic disturbance in the 500 block of Nottingham Drive shortly before 2 a.m. and heard from Whitted's brother that Whitted threw gasoline on him and tried to ignite it.

Witnesses said the Whitted brothers had been drinking the night before, and Roderick Whitted awakened his brother to get a ride to the store for more alcohol. When the brother said no, Whitted then left the room and returned with the gasoline, witnesses said.

The gasoline didn't ignite, and the man wasn't injured.

Three other adults and three children, ages 7, 11, and 13, also were in the home at the time, police said.

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  • Here2tellya Dec 12, 2011

    At least neither one of them drove drunk. DSS please get the kids to safety before someone burns down the house over a drink. I mean really? All this over some booze? Crazy.

  • josephlawrence43 Dec 9, 2011

    "judged on the content of their character not the color of their skin".

  • anne53ozzy Dec 9, 2011

    Please tell me these children will be attended to if not removed from the home. Who are the other so called adults in the home and what is their relationship to these kids?

  • Vietnam Vet Dec 9, 2011

    Yeah, they needed MORE alcohol! Unbelievable!!

  • LibertarianTechie Dec 9, 2011

    All of that over a ride to the store? Geez!