Pembroke resident says house fire connected to his activism

Pembroke resident says house fire connected to his activism (Image 1)

A Pembroke resident leading the way to recall Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks tells The Robesonian he believes a fire that heavily damaged his home Sunday night was an attempt on his life.

Fire investigators are not saying the fire is tied to Eric Locklear's activism within the Lumbee community.

Locklear claimed the fire was started by a Molotov cocktail, but officials say there's no evidence to support that claim as of yet.

Locklear is the spokesman and head of the newly formed non-profit Lumbee Revolution. He was not home when the fire broke out on Pine Cone Court in the Arrow Point subdivision.

Officials say a dog did identify four pieces of debris from the fire that contain some an accelerant. Some neighbors told police they saw someone running through the yard prior to the fire which caused up to $75,000 worth of damage.

Locklear is leading the charge to recall Brooks and have the newly elected vice chairman, Charles Bullard, replace him.  Brooks was found in contempt of court regarding six allegations. The court has ordered an independent auditor be appointed to examine tribal financial records according to the Robesonian.

No comment from Brooks.

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