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Police: Molotov cocktail thrown at officer's vehicle

Posted July 27, 2010

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— A homeless man was charged Tuesday with throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Raleigh police officer's SUV, according to an arrest warrant.

Anthony R. Harris, 48, whose address is listed as "streets of Raleigh," was charged with possessing a weapon of mass destruction and injury to personal property. He was being held in the Wake County jail under a $10,000 bond.

Investigators said Harris threw a container of flammable liquid at a Chevrolet Blazer parked at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Raleigh. It was unclear if the SUV was the officer's personal vehicle or a patrol car.

The container didn't explode, according to the warrant.

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  • sunneyone Jul 29, 2010

    noreplytome, actually, my post was stating that his motive for throwing the weapon "of mass destruction" was NOT to go to jail, but to hurt the police officer. Think before YOU post. There are a lot of ways a homeless person can get arrested if they just want to go to jail that don't involve throwing flaming bottles of liquor.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Jul 27, 2010

    I've been dealing with Anthony for over a year here in downtown. Sad case all around. He was destined to get in some sort of trouble, he was always approaching women and quite a few were rather scared to encounter him. Hopefully he can get the help he needs.....but we know he won't. They don't "treat" people in jail, they just put them in cages.
    dwntwnboy
    GOLO member since September 11, 2008
    July 27, 2010 3:30 p.m.
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    Yeah, I guess after being locked up several times they haven't taught him anything and he DEFINITLY has learned from his mistakes...

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 27, 2010

    eh, i guess it makes more sense when reading without the drama glasses on. i wonder if we will ever find out what this guy threw.

  • dontblameme Jul 27, 2010

    "The container didn't explode, according to the warrant."... so it's not REALLY a WMD...

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 27, 2010

    so the dude cant figure out how to pull himself together and find a place to live, but he can figure out how to gather explosives? *shakes head*

  • American56 Jul 27, 2010

    I'm not glad it happened....but I am glad it was to a police officer and not a civilian, because police officers have a habit of making light of situations that could have serious consequences with civilians. So the next time someone fires shots into my home, I hope they will take it more seriously, and not bluff it off because I live around Hispanics, and not try to resolve the problem. The RPD has far greater issues than the Highway Patrol. It's past time for the city and state officials to wake up!

  • mpheels Jul 27, 2010

    thatsgreat - A true Molotov cocktail certainly is a WMD. I just have a feeling this wasn't anything more than a bottle of liquor. No flame, no wick, no WMD.

  • dwntwnboy Jul 27, 2010

    I've been dealing with Anthony for over a year here in downtown. Sad case all around. He was destined to get in some sort of trouble, he was always approaching women and quite a few were rather scared to encounter him. Hopefully he can get the help he needs.....but we know he won't. They don't "treat" people in jail, they just put them in cages.

  • GWALLY Jul 27, 2010

    ..."Tony has been living on the streets of Raleigh for over 15 years and the police are very familiar with him...."
    ..."I work my tail off everyday and still have trouble making ends meet..."

    Well now "Tony" gets free A/C, 3 hots and a cot...and a shower at the taxpayer hotel!!!

  • DiscoStu65 Jul 27, 2010

    yay! my tax dollars are hard at work paying for this bums lodging and food.

    he should have to write thank you cards to all of us tax payers.

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