Police: Statesville man tried burning down step-father's home with 'Molotov cocktail'

Ward (Source: Yadkinville Police Department)
Ward (Source: Yadkinville Police Department)

YADKINVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A Statesville man was arrested in Yadkinville Sunday after investigators say he used a "Molotov cocktail" to try to burn down his step-father's home with four people inside after a family dispute.

Matthew Franklin Ward, 41, is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree arson, felony conspiracy, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction (IID).

According to police, Ward and an accomplice drove from Statesville to Yadkinville around 11:30 a.m. after a family dispute over the phone and via text messages. The report states Ward "used an improvised incendiary device (IID) made with a bottle and combustible liquid (Molotov Cocktail) to set the outside of the residence on fire."

Ward's stepfather and three others in the home - including a juvenile - were able to run from the Apple Drive home. Police say they fought the flames until the Yadkinville Fire Department got there.

Ward, according to the report, was arrested as he tried to run from the scene. He was jailed under a $1,075,000 bond. Investigators say the case is ongoing and more charges are expected.

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