Duplin County man charged in attempted murders, arson

Duplin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call Tuesday morning, where they discovered a vehicle and garage on fire.

Reports indicate that deputies responded to a call at 141 Lake George Road, Mount Olive. Once there, it appeared that James Gregory Thomas, Sr. had intentionally driven his truck into the side of the garage

Witnesses saw Thomas set the truck on fire inside the garage and the fire became fully engulfed. The house was occupied by three people at the time who were able to escape without injury. Deputies arrived a short time later and took Thomas into custody without incident. Thomas will be charged by Duplin County Sheriff’s Office with three counts of attempted murder and one count of first degree arson. The investigation is ongoing at this time.