CRIME

Police identify armed man who caused panic at a North Carolina mall as a Fort Bragg soldier

  • This booking photo released , Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with going armed to the terror of the public after police detained him for walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition. Police say Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle on Thursday, July 2, when multiple 911 calls were received of an armed male at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, N.C. Wolfinger was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and was released to his Company Commander and Provost Marshal at Fort Bragg. (Fayetteville (N.C) Police Department via AP)

    This booking photo released , Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with going armed to the terror of the public after police detained him for walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition. Police say Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle on Thursday, July 2, when multiple 911 calls were received of an armed male at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville, N.C. Wolfinger was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and was released to his Company Commander and Provost Marshal at Fort Bragg. (Fayetteville (N.C) Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This booking photo provided Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. (Fayetteville Police Department via AP)

    This booking photo provided Friday, July 3, 2015, by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Police Department shows Bryan Scott Wolfinger, charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. (Fayetteville Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear.

Fayetteville police say Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" in connection with Thursday's incident at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville.

A statement from the Fayetteville Police Department says Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle when 911 calls were received of an armed male at the mall.

Wolfinger apparently is a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The statement said he was released to his company commander and provost marshal at Fort Bragg.