Teens charged with beating, robbing elderly woman

Samuel Lorenzo Davis and Fulton Lavelle Covington

August 8, 2011 8:00:46 PM PDT
Cumberland County authorities charged two Spring Lake teenagers with robbing and beating an elderly woman.

"When they knocked me to the ground, I was laying on the ground," Taylor said. "I didn't know what they were going to do -- maybe kill me."

The teens, 17-year-old old Samuel Lorenzo Davis and 16-year-old Fulton Lavelle Covington, were arrested Saturday.

Taylor says she was trying to be a good neighbor and tell the boys about a dog she had seen run through her yard.

"I turned to show them where it was," she explained. "When I turned my back, they attacked me."

Investigators say that's when Covington struck her on the back of the head with a brick.

Taylor fell to the ground and Covington continued to kick and beat her, demanding that she give him her car keys. She told the teens her keys were inside her house on the kitchen counter.

"I have staples in my head, and I am bruised all over from where they kicked me and hit me with their fist," Taylor added.

Deputies say Davis and Covington left with Taylor's car and drove around with friends until police stopped them at a nearby fast food restaurant.

When police stopped the teens, there were two other friends in the car. They told the officer they were cruising.

Taylor was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where she was treated for a head wound.

Davis and Covington have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Taylor has lived in Spring Lake more than 60 years and says never in her life did she think something like this would happen.

"When I was laying on the ground, I told them, I said, 'All I was trying to do is help you.'" She said.

Davis and Covington face robbery, conspiracy and larceny charges. Both are being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond.

Taylor says the painful cuts and bruises will heal but not the hurt and fear she now feels. Still, she says she prays for the teens accused of beating her.

"They should have to pay, but I don't think I am going to be angry about it," she said. "I know it was a bad thing to do, and I am sorry it happened for their sakes, as well as mine."

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