SWAT team swarms Pineville home, arrests man linked to detonating explosive device

SWAT team swarms Pineville home, arrests man linked to detonating explosive device

PINEVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police SWAT team swarmed a home less than a mile from downtown Pineville and arrested a man on a warrant search.

That man was identified by a police source Monday as 43-year-old Jonathan Nance.

The incident happened on Cone Avenue, which is near the old water tower near downtown Pineville.

From WBTV’s Sky3, a heavy police and SWAT presence could be seen in the area, with some officers in tactical gear. Officers appeared to be focusing on the backyard of a home.

WBTV’s Ron Lee confirmed the SWAT team surrounded the home before arresting a man who they say detonated a incendiary device in Elizabeth in December of 2018.

On December 22, around 11:40 a.m., CMPD and CFD responded to Chantilly Corner Studios on Shenandoah Avenue in response to a 911 call about an arson attempt.

Police say accelerants had been used in the arson, leading to an estimated $500 in damage including a broken window.

During the course of their investigation detectives developed a suspect in the case and served a search warrant on Cone Avenue in Pineville Thursday around 2 p.m.

Neighbors told WBTV that two people were handcuffed by police and lead away from the home. A woman was later released from custody.

WBTV viewer Joe Leighty sent in video showing a man surrounded by heavily armored officers being led to police cruisers on the street.

WBTV viewer video captures man being detained at Pineville home

Police say the man was located and arrested by the CMPD SWAT Team without incident. Evidence was located has been collected.

Nance was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and first-degree arson.

Jonathan Nance
Jonathan Nance (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Nance is expected in court Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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