Alamance County man charged in ‘potential’ threat to Confederate monument, deputies say

Thomas Lee Jeffries Jr. (Alamance County Sheriff's Office)

GRAHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Deputies in Alamance County have charged a Graham man with attempting to incite a riot in connection with “the potential for criminal actions directed at the Historic Courthouse and Monument located in Graham,” the county sheriff’s office announced Friday.

(WFMY)

Thomas Lee Jeffries Jr., 25, of the 900 block of East Harden Street, was arrested about 2 p.m. Friday, deputies said.

They said additional arrests are possible.

Jeffries faces one count of attempting to incite a riot, deputies said.

The potential threat was discovered through an intelligence-gathering effort the county sheriff’s office undertook in response to recent protests in Durham and Charlottesville, Virginia, the sheriff’s office wrote.

The courthouse in Graham is on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Alamance County. The Confederate monument there, a statue of a soldier whose name is “Conrad,” pronounced koon-rahd, was dedicated May 21, 1914, according to the county’s website.

news-app-download-apple-350x50news-app-download-android-350x50

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s