16-year-old charged with rape in Fayetteville

Omari Isaiah Merida (image courtesy Fayetteville Police Department)

Police in Fayetteville have charged a 16-year-old in a February 25 rape investigation.

Omari Isaiah Merida is being held under a $200,000 bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Investigators said he was an acquaintance of the victim.

Merida is charged with two counts of second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, and one count of second-degree sexual offense.

Police are looking for more information about Merida. You can call Detective P. Matrafailo with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-2056, Sgt. D. W. West at (910) 433-1439, or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted electronically, by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by text-a-tip on your mobile device by sending a message to 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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