Suspect charged in robbery, shooting at Moe's in Fayetteville
Posted December 10, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police arrested a man early Wednesday on charges that he robbed a Moe's Southwest Grill just before closing Tuesday night and shot two employees during a struggle.
Ernest Tulsidas Carpenter, 44, of 632 Harveydale Drive, was jailed under a $400,000 bond on four counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping.
Officers responded around 9:40 p.m. to the restaurant, at 201 N. McPherson Church Road, where a man armed with a handgun entered through a back door, demanded money and, after the shooting, fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Carpenter was taken into custody about a mile away near the Morganton Road corridor.
One employee was shot in the foot and the other in the stomach after Carpenter allegedly held them at gunpoint while he directed the manager to open the store's safe, Fayetteville Police Lt. Mark Geske said.
"When the suspect reaches down to get the money, the manager grabs ahold of him. There's a struggle," Geske said.
Both were being treated Wednesday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where they were listed in fair condition, police said.
Other employees were in the restaurant at the time, police said, but it wasn't clear Wednesday whether any customers were inside.
A second armed robbery was reported early Wednesday at the Burger King at 4782 Raeford Road, but Fayetteville police said the two crimes were not related.
Police ask that anyone with information about either robbery to call 910-723-2198 or Crime Stoppers at 919-483-8477.