Pender Co. man accused of trying to set two people, home on fire

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Gordon Tyrone McAllister (Photo: PCSO)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Pender County man is charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to set two people and their home on fire.

Pender County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 100-block of Windward Drive in Rocky Point around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday for a domestic dispute.

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PCSO says Gordon Tyrone McAllister, 61, came into the house and had an argument with the people inside. After leaving for a short time, deputies say he returned and entered the back door with a container of gasoline.

“Once inside, McAllister grabbed cooking oil from the kitchen and proceed to throw cooking oil all over the residence and the victims,” the sheriff’s office said. “McAllister then took the container of gasoline and poured on the victims, furniture, and the floor. McAllister then lit a paper towel on fire in an attempt to set fire to the victims, stating that ‘he was going to kill them.'”

At that time, deputies say the gasoline flashed back on McAllister, one of the victims was able to hit him with a chair, stopping him from throwing the lit paper-towel.

McAllister left the home, but PCSO says deputies found him down the street and he was arrested without incident.

He is charged with two counts of attempted murder, first degree burglary, first degree arson, two counts of malicious throwing of corrosive acid or alkali, and malicious damage of occupied property by use of explosive or incendiary.

McAllister is being held at the Pender County Jail under no bond.