Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a 33-year-old woman wanted in connection with the burning of eight people with hot grease Sunday was arrested Monday morning.
Police say Regina Terry was taken into custody in Richmond County, about 70 miles southeast of Charlotte.
She had been sought by police since early Sunday afternoon, when officers say she threw a pot of hot grease on a group of neighbors during an argument in northwest Charlotte.
Two adults and six children were injured, and six victims were taken to the burns center in Chapel Hill.
Police have charged Terry with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, one count of assault with a deadly weapon and seven counts of maiming without malice.
Officers say the attack happened around 1 p.m. at a home on Polk Street, near Oaklawn Avenue and Statesville Avenue. According to investigators, the incident followed a heated argument between neighbors. Neighbors described a chaotic scene: an argument that escalated as the afternoon wore on, burned children running around in circles, screaming, and a suspect who fled minutes after the attack.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Spokesman Officer Robert Fey said the people who lived in an apartment at 1511 Polk St., got into an argument with a woman who lived next door.
Neighbors were unsure what the argument was about, but it seemed to be a continuation of a dispute that had been going on for some time. The shouts got louder and were mostly between a woman in her 20s and the neighbor.
At some point, the neighbor went inside the house, said Toyea Jordan, who has lived in the neighborhood for a decade.
The woman came out the door with a pot of hot grease. The pot was big enough to cook crabs in and smoking, said a witness, who declined to give his name because the suspects family lives in the neighborhood.
The woman swung the pot with two hands, dousing the people, mostly children, who were on the porch.
Late Sunday afternoon, the scene was roped off by police tape, as neighbors watched and witnesses talked to the police.
At the apartment in question, there were two large grease stains: one inside the homes foyer, leaking down a step onto a stoop, and another on the brick exterior of the home, a dripping line about 5 feet off the ground.
Neighbors told NewsChannel 36, the Observer's news partner, that the victims were two sisters and their children. Two adults and four children -- ages 10, 8, 6 and 22 months -- were taken to the Chapel Hill burns center. Another child was treated at the Levine Children's Hospital, and an eighth victim was treated at the scene.
NewsChannel 36 contributed