Police: Someone throws gasoline-filled bottles through church windows

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    BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Benton Police said they are investigating an arson case at a church.

    "The flammable liquid actually got inside the window and was actually able to burn a little bit of the window around the inside," said Lt. Kevin Russell with the Benton Police Department.

    Lt. Russell said members of Midtowne Church on Boone Road called them around 1:20 p.m. Thursday after someone threw two bottles filled with gasoline through a window. One of the bottles exploded outside the church, and the second one left flaming liquid inside, causing some minor damage.

    "We're hoping it's is a random act (and) that they were just driving by our building and (there's) nothing connected to us or the church in general," said Lead Pastor Doug Pruitt.

    Pastor Pruitt said the glass was broken out of a building rarely used. He said before the incident happened, the scheduled sermon for this coming Sunday was on the subject of dealing with stress. He said this subject is now more fitting after the incident.

    "Our staff was like 'choose carefully our topic from now on,'" joked Pastor Pruitt.

    Police believe the arson happened during the night of Sept. 4-5.

    Police are asking for anyone who witnessed anything out of the ordinary near the church to contact officers with information at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS. You can also text tips anonymously to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD or go to www.crimereports.com and submit a tip there.

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