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Deputies: Wilson man sets fire to ex's home, steals police car

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Anthony Scott Jordan, 41, is charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and larceny of a firearm, and one count each of first-degree arson, larceny of a motor vehicle and assault of a government official. Anthony Scott Jordan, 41, is charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and larceny of a firearm, and one count each of first-degree arson, larceny of a motor vehicle and assault of a government official.
WILSON, N.C. -

A Wilson man set fire to his ex-girlfriend's home and then stole a police car early Sunday morning, the Wilson County Sheriff's Office said.

Anthony Scott Jordan, 41, is charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and larceny of a firearm, and one count each of first-degree arson, larceny of a motor vehicle and assault of a government official.

The sheriff's department said Jordan's vehicle was seen in front of a home at 127 Crawford Lane "several minutes" before officers with the Black Creek Police Department were dispatched to the home in reference to a fire.

While en route to the house fire, the officer who initially saw Jordan's car at the home was passed by the same car traveling in the opposite direction. At that time, the officer turned around and began to pursue Jordan.

After he pulled over, the officer said he noticed that Jordan smelled of kerosene, at which point the officer arrested him and placed him in the back of the patrol vehicle.

With Jordan handcuffed in the back of the cruiser, the officer returned to the suspect's vehicle to conduct a vehicle search, but Jordan was able to free himself and steal the patrol vehicle.

During the investigation, Wilson County deputies located the stolen police cruiser abandoned off of a service road located at I-795 and Alton Road. Deputies said two duty weapons were stolen from the vehicle.

"The Sheriff's Office worked tirelessly in the middle of the night until sunrise, amid chilling temperatures. We were able to locate the vehicle, obtain a substantial track and developed leads on the suspect," Wilson County Sheriff Calvin L. Woodard, Jr. said. "At this time we are considering the suspect armed and dangerous and will pursue every measure until he is located and brought to justice."

The sheriff's department said Jordan is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who lives at 127 Crawford Lane. She said she and her son were inside the home when she noticed her house was on fire around 2:41 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jordan should contact the Wilson County Sheriff's Office at (252) 237-2118.

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