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Elderly Spring Lake woman beaten, robbed in backyard

Posted August 8, 2011

— Two Spring Lake teens are charged with beating a 75-year-old woman and stealing her car, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office said Monday.

Investigators said Samuel Lorenzo Davis, 17, of 1016 Karen Circle, and Fulton Lavelle Covington, 16, of 310 Scarborough St., approached May Taylor as she tended her birdfeeders in the backyard of her home on the 200 block of Scarborough Street on Saturday.

"When I started to open the gate, I saw him right there," Taylor said.

Davis told Taylor he was looking for his dog. 

"I took their word for it," she said, adding that she had seen a dog earlier in the day. But when she turned to point in the direction of where she saw the dog, Covington hit her on the back of the head with a brick, authorities said.

After Taylor fell to the ground, Covington continued to kick and beat her, demanding that she give him her car keys, authorities said.

"I have a bruise up here on my head and I was kicked all over and beaten on the ground," she said. "I said, all I was trying to do was help you."

May Taylor Elderly Spring Lake woman beaten, robbed in backyard

She told the teens her keys were inside her residence on the kitchen counter.

The two left the residence with Taylor’s car and drove around with friends until Fayetteville police stopped the vehicle at a nearby fast-food restaurant, authorities said.

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

They were being held under $100,000 bonds in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday.

Taylor was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for a head wound. She said if she has learned one thing from the assault, it's that not everyone can be trusted.

"I'm jittery. One of my friends walked up to me and I didn't know she was there," she said. "She scared me to death."


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  • jwjsdj Aug 9, 2011

    Sounds Like a Racial Hate Crime!

  • YaNot Aug 9, 2011

    How could these teenagers just beat this elderly woman like that? She was trying to help them. I hope and pray she will get continue to get better and I pray that she doesn't lose that helping spirit she has, but after this, how can she not lose it. I hope those teenager's get the maximum, whatever that may be.

  • UNC PH.d Aug 9, 2011

    You're right JazzMan, this type of crime is on the rise around that area. If you look at the arrest statistics, it's often black on white or hispanic crime, but you won't see that reported in the news.....

  • JazzMan Aug 9, 2011

    This type of crime is on the rise, particularly in Harnett and Johnston Co. July 4 in Harnett Co, a elderly man was broken into and beaten for his wallet. These animals came back later that day, broke in again, beat him and his elderly brother and stole more money, tv etc. Put them both in the hospital for a month. There are other incidents like this around that area (Benson to Dunn) The elderly everywhere need to know to be suspicious of anyone they don't know.

  • Tommylee Aug 9, 2011

    Well, I know what to get grandma for her birthday this year. A 38 REVOLVER

  • Tommylee Aug 9, 2011

    So if someone does comes up with the bond moneyI guess they would let these animals out on the streets again. Anyone that would hit an 85 year old lady in the head with a brick and then start kicking her should NEVER see the light of day again.

  • wellseasoned3 Aug 9, 2011

    I will only say you are so lucky it wasn't my Mama!

  • SouthernGirlJD Aug 9, 2011

    Good question Kindaas! You know if it was the other way around it would have been considered a hate crime! On another note..where the hell are these kids parents?! My parents always knew what I was doing at 16 and 17!

  • nossilg Aug 9, 2011

    Safety is such an illusion we all delude ourselves with each day. We tell children to never talk to strangers; maybe we need to tell the elderly the same thing. Sad that a person cannot even attend birdfeeders in her own backyard without being violently beaten. As my grandmother would say; "What had the world come to?"

  • kindaas Aug 9, 2011

    WHy have they not been charged with a hate crime?