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Suspect charged in robbery, shooting at Moe's in Fayetteville

Posted December 10, 2014

— 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.


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  • SFSOLDIER Dec 10, 2014

    This is the very reason I have sold my home here and moved to the western NC mountains..

  • raphael27520 Dec 10, 2014

    Another fine NC Citizen.
    Just waiting for the nationwide protests for "Social Justice" to begin.

  • Edward Levy Dec 10, 2014
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    WOW, another racist remark. But we can not escape the fact that he appears to be a man of color. Fayettville must be the capital of crime in NC

  • Derric Fuller Dec 10, 2014
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    Yeah, because we all know he just has those guys on speed dial, right?

  • goldeagle Dec 10, 2014

    There's a military base there. I expect things can be controlled.

  • William Campbell Dec 10, 2014
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    FayettEvil needs to get rid of "Gunhound" Medlock and get a REAL police chief! Obviously, his ridiculous gun "buyback" program is not working.

  • AlbertEinstein Dec 10, 2014

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    Good observation, however, would the burden of effort fit for the "Justice System" or should this burden be shouldered by lawmakers and the people that have to enforce these laws?

  • aqualung Dec 10, 2014

    That would be "plaid," not "checkered-pattern."

  • Steve Morrison Dec 10, 2014
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    Every day, a serious violent crime being reported in Fayetteville. The Justice System is not working and needs to get a handle on this nonsense.