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Beaten suspects charged in Fayetteville robbery

Posted May 25, 2011

— Fayetteville police have charged two suspects beaten after a robbery late Sunday.

Raufeal Weddy, 22, of the 3900 block of Village Drive, was released Tuesday afternoon from the hospital, where he had been in critical condition. Police arrested him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Terrell Battle, 26, of Clark Street, was arrested Wednesday on the same charges. Battle had been treated and released from the hospital.

Police believe that Weddy and Battle robbed Maria Guebara, 47, of her purse outside her apartment building at 20 Cambridge Arms.

When Guebara screamed, 10 to 15 relatives and friends ran from nearby apartments and chased the suspected robbers, police said. One suspect fired a shot that just missed one of the pursuers, police said.

The family and friends apprehended and disarmed the two men, shooting both in the struggle for their gun, police said. They then beat and stabbed the men, police said.

A third suspected robber fled the area in a silver Buick, police said.

Weddy and Battle were convicted of common-law robbery and conspiracy in a May 3, 2008, incident in Cumberland County, according to state Department of Correction records. Both served approximately five months in jail.


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  • randall0123a May 26, 2011

    This is exactly how to stop crime. Currently criminals are not afraid of the system. Obviously they are just afraid of working and being a contributing member of society. Whether or not the gun the suspects had was obtained illegally, if they want a gun, they will get a gun. Put a gun in the hands of ALL citizens, and then see how quickly street justice will sort out the scourge of society! Of course, those already sent to prison are reading this post between meals, cable, and amenities provided by the same citizens they prey on - nice.

  • 1madspectator May 26, 2011

    I say congrats to the family and neighbors that helped out that woman. Should they be charged with assault? No way!!! If more people stood up and take back the streets where they live, this will stop. Only WE THE PEOPLE can stop this from happening. There is not enough LEO to go around. Good Job!!! I would give them a medal.

  • dixieboy May 26, 2011

    A fine example of an active "community watch" program.

  • hunter38 May 26, 2011

    Thats what I call a beat down !!!!!! They got more than what the court system will give them.....they will be out in a few days.....watch and see.

  • lifeline May 25, 2011

    My favorite quote "evil occurs when good men do nothing" so maybe they will think about what they are about to do before they go out and try to rob someone again.

  • rcmonster1 May 25, 2011

    I would hope that WRAL does not start censoring there comments site. We have a right to say what we think and they should honor our right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH. AOL and other sites honor our rights lets hope that politics dont control WRAL.

  • VoiceMatters May 25, 2011

    "The 'alleged' robbers will probably learn more from this than what the justice system will do."

    I Couldn't agree more!

  • clabeff May 25, 2011

    Let's see if this gets censored....Perhaps these "folks" parents should have spanked them. Then there would not be a discussion regarding whether or not they deserved this one.
    Note...I used the term "folks", because the original terminology was censored. Apparently our free speech amendment touted by media outlets, only applies to media outlets, when it suits THEIR purpose!

  • doovinator May 25, 2011

    It amazes me that ANYONE would think the family should face any charges at all. They should receive medals.

  • changeyourownlife May 25, 2011

    WHY WON'T ANYTHING POST?????????????????????????? lets see if this goes through