Caldwell County deputies find and arrest Cloyd Burns
Leads offered by local residents helped lead deputies to a man accused of trying to burn two people alive in a Ford Explorer, who was arrested in the Hickory area around 3 a.m. Friday, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said.
Cloyd Wayne Burns, 37, of Burns Road in Granite Falls is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burning of personal property. His bond was set at $500,000. He is scheduled for a hearing in Caldwell District Court on Monday.
After 2 p.m. Wednesday, Louann McFalls, who is listed in a sheriff’s office report as an acquaintance of Burns, came home to find that someone had broken into her home, believed Burns was responsible, and she went with another person to Burns’ home to confront him, reports said. That led to an argument.
Burns is accused of throwing a rock through the windshield of the Explorer, pouring gas on the vehicle while McFalls and the other person were still inside, striking a match and throwing it into the vehicle. Both people were able to get out.
Deputies caught Burns without incident in a traffic stop in Long View in Catawba County. Capt. B.J. Fore of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said that several people offered tips to help find Burns.
Burns may face additional charges related to the break-in that McFalls accused himof, Fore said.
“We still have to tie all that together,” Fore said.
Burns has a lengthy criminal record. He faced felony charges in March for larceny and interfering with a house-arrest monitoring bracelet. He has also faced charges of breaking and entering, larceny, DWI, selling and trafficking drugs, assault on a female, and hit and run, according to the N.C. Division of Adult Correction.
Each time Burns posts bond and is released from jail, the sheriff’s office faces questions from the public about why he was released, Fore said.
On Friday around 11 a.m., the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted a status: “Cloyd Wayne Burns was captured last night in Catawba County. Thank you to everyone that assisted in his capture.” Within the hour, commenters chimed in. “Now keep his butt in jail,” one wrote.
“People need not post his bail,” another commenter said. “He deserves all he gets.”
Each time concerns like that come up, often with career criminals, the sheriff’s office explains that they don’t have control over bond and bail, Fore said. That’s up to the court system.
“We understand the public’s concern when these people make bond and get out,” he said. “However, we don’t have control over bond and bail. We don’t let them out."