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Girl, 16, raped inside Fayetteville's Cross Creek Mall

Posted March 19, 2013

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— A 16-year-old girl was pulled into a bathroom at Cross Creek Mall Monday evening and sexually assaulted, Fayetteville police said Tuesday. 

According to the girl, she was pulled into a bathroom about 7:30 p.m. while she was shopping with her family. No arrests have been made. 

Special Victims Unit detectives are investigating the incident, and more information will be released as it becomes available. The girl was taken to a hospital in a neighboring county following the incident, police said.

It wasn't clear whether mall security was investigating the reported rape or alerting shoppers to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

"If something like that is going on in a public place like this, it seems to me there ought to be more security," said Carl Williams, who was shopping at the mall Tuesday.

He added that he hopes the girl's attacker turns himself into police.

"Any person that can sexually attack a woman is just scum," Williams said. 

Anyone with information should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Mar 25, 11:54 a.m.

    Fayetteville gives m the heebie jeebies. Never have liked that place.

  • chrst7932 Mar 21, 10:51 a.m.

    Fayetteville is a horrible, violence infested city. Crime is everywhere in Cumberland County. What a shame that a 16yo cannot go to the mall with her family and be safe from being raped. I live about 40 min away but now do my shopping in Garner due to the crime in Fayetteville. Of course, this all just my personal opinion.

    samco conservative

    I get so tired of people bashing this city. I have lived here for 40 years and i got news for you, it is just like every other city out there. There is the same types of crimes in your city as there are in mine, most of the time they just don't get reported or reported on. I am a white female and I feel safe in my town, my mall, my neighborhood. I am not saying that this town is the best place to live but it's not a bad place. There is no ideal place to live that is 100% safe.

  • carrboroyouth Mar 20, 5:00 p.m.

    "Did the perp just snatch the girl away from her mama?"
    kimisufu

    No... she probably went to use the bathroom and he followed her in. If he snatched her I'm sure people would notice immediately.

  • Glass Half Full Mar 20, 2:30 p.m.

    Recommend reading the story on the local newspaper website. It will leave you with many more questions than answers. Something doesn't smell right here.

  • Whosays Mar 20, 1:49 p.m.

    Yeah I agree, more to the story, if she was shopping with family, someone would have seen it happen, or either they let her go off alone, which is a mistake to begin with.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 20, 11:52 a.m.

    The suspect will be sure to turn themselves in since nobody has any idea what he or she looks like and it appears from this story nobody heard anything. When will get the rest of the story

  • kimisufu Mar 20, 11:00 a.m.

    Did the perp just snatch the girl away from her mama?

  • Glass Half Full Mar 20, 10:40 a.m.

    I too believe there's more to this story. I shop at Cross Creek Mall. I don't go often, but when I go I encounter the same kinds of people I encounter at Traingle Towne Center, Cary Towne Center, Crabtree Valley, etc. I go during the day, at night, whenever I feel the need to go. Something just doens't sound right with this story.

  • lessismore Mar 20, 10:24 a.m.

    If there are camera's anywhere in the mall I am sure this girl will identify her attackers. They will get what they deserve.

  • anneonymousone Mar 20, 10:14 a.m.

    Imagine what the world would be like if we paid as much attention to rape and other similar crimes as we do to sports. Or to celebrities. Or to chewing gum.

    Whether we are in Delhi or in Fayetteville, on college campuses or at the mall, people (especially but not only girls and women) are in serious danger, but society as a whole prefers to whistle through the graveyard, stopping only occasionally to blame the survivor or offer sympathy to the rapists.

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