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Man charged with terrorism after rifle pointed at Anson County Courthouse

Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Kurtis Eugene Russell raises a rifle toward the door of the Anson County Courthouse on Aug. 18.
Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Kurtis Eugene Russell raises a rifle toward the door of the Anson County Courthouse on Aug. 18. Anson County Sheriff’s Office

A man who was arrested after pointing a rifle at the Anson County Courthouse is facing more charges after deputies said a search of his home turned up homemade explosives.

Kurtis Eugene Russell, 35, is charged with terrorism, larceny of a firearm, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a weapon on state property/courthouse, going armed to the terror of the people, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The investigation began around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 18, when a man believed to be Russell went to the Anson County Courthouse with what investigators said was an assault rifle.

Surveillance video shows the man raise the rifle toward the door of the courthouse as he approaches. He then holds the weapon behind his back and partially enters the building.

Once almost inside, Russell allegedly asked a deputy working security if court was being held. When the deputy told him court was not in session, Russell shut the door and walked away.

According to the official release from the Anson County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy working security was suspicious of the events and walked outside to locate the man. That deputy said he then saw Russell get into a car with the rifle before leaving the property.

A search began, and around 2 p.m., Russell was taken into custody at his home on Vintage Road in Lilesville.

During a search of that home, deputies said they found homemade explosive devices, items used to manufacture the explosives, an AR-15, computers and electronic devices.

Russell was charged and placed under a $5 million secured bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

Investigators have not released a possible motive for the case.

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