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Fayetteville police arrest 16 during annual Dogwood Festival

Posted May 1, 2013

— Fayetteville police arrested 16 people during the city's 2013 Dogwood Festival, a three-day event that celebrates live music, dance performances, art and more in the city's historic downtown area.

Five gang members – Ali Abdul-Malik, 19, Nicholeon Evans, 18, Nicholas Ramey, 20, Antarrios Fylthe, 18, and Lorenzo Miles, 23 – were arrested for second-degree trespassing.

Patricia Bradley, an attorney for the Fayetteville Police Department, said the gang members had made threats to engage in criminal activity during the festival. Organizers had sent a letter ahead of the festival to several members warning them to stay away from the event. 

Others were arrested for charges including public consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana, urinating in public and resist, delay and obstruction. They included:  

  • Adam Furr, 23: Public consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct
  • Darryl Brown, 20: Possession of MDMA marijuana
  • Jake Vickery, 30: Intoxicated and disruptive, second-degree trespassing
  • Kenneth Sweet, 38: Intoxicated and disruptive
  • Jason Albury, 47: Urinating in public
  • Justin Shumpert, 18: Resist, delay and obstruct, second-degree kidnapping

Kenya McKethan, 17, was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resist, delay and obstruction. Four juveniles were also arrested in two separate fights.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 2, 2013

    So, it's ok to post racist comments, but not point out these racist comments?

    Racism is alive in well. Just look at the posts by @twoods7 and @WGCFV who are clearly judging people's behavior by the color of their skin. "just look at the photo", they say, "and you will understand why these arrests took place".

    Yes, folks, take a look at the photo and you will indeed understand why @twoods and @WGCFV made the comments that they did. Sad.

  • thepeopleschamp May 1, 2013

    "The police chief endorsed the sending of the letters but he also is not a lawyer." davisgw

    And by that same token lawyers are not police chiefs and have no idea how to do their job. Lawyers are far from being the end-all know-all on protecting citizens.

  • lwe1967 May 1, 2013

    Why do people have to act as if they do not possess any sense whatsoever? They should receive strong fines and the gang members should be incarcerated for their crimes.

  • WageSlave May 1, 2013

    What is MDMA marijuana?

    Marijauna with MDMA sprinkled on it to smoke. MDMA relieves anxiety and induces euphoria. A lot of PTSD and Terminal cancer patients use it.

  • wayneboyd May 1, 2013

    I sincerely hope that those who went there for all the right reasons got to enjoy the festival to thee fullest. Sadly there are those among us who can't do anything sober and in their right minds.

  • housemanagercary May 1, 2013

    I never knew how bad Fayetteville was growing up there, until my first semester at NCSU. Every time it was on the news, dorm mates and friends would look at me like "ohhh...".

  • davisgw May 1, 2013

    I am not a laywer but I have doubts about the letters sent by the organizers being enforcable in court. After all this was billed as a public event. The police chief endorsed the sending of the letters but he also is not a lawyer. Last year a court order was obtained in advance warning certain people not to attend,that is what should have happened this year also. When the letters became public knowledge the Fayetteville Observer intervied the organizers and the police about who supplied the names and who mailed the letters but none of the above would answer directly but played the old CYA game.

  • outhousecat May 1, 2013

    What is MDMA marijuana?

  • Offshore May 1, 2013

    Talk about dirty laundry, is this the only highlight of the Dogwood Festival WRAL could come up with? How sad.

  • beach2011 May 1, 2013

    I know their moms are so proud!!! GROW UP and have some responsibility!!