Suspects identified in Fayetteville robbery, rape

Cortese Davis, Smith Paul Merinord (Courtesy: Fayetteville Police Department)
November 8, 2013 5:55:54 PM PST
Fayetteville police announced late Wednesday that they have identified two suspects in a robbery and rape.

They're looking for Cortese Davis, of Spring Lake, and Paul Smith, of Dunn.

On Saturday, police said two men walked into the Advance Auto Parts store on Owen Drive in Fayetteville, robbed it then took the workers in the back.

They held them at gunpoint while a female employee was raped.

A similar crime happened in Lumberton Saturday at another auto parts store but no sexual assault occurred.

Davis and Smith are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Davis or Smith is asked to call Detective J. Benazzi at (910) 257-3668 or Sergeant G. Womble at (910) 916-2764. Crimestoppers information can also be submitted by calling (910) 483-TIPS (8477).

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