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Man severely beaten in Fayetteville break-in; one arrested, two sought

Posted July 26, 2014

— Fayetteville police have arrested one man and are searching for two others in connection with an assault that happened in a home on Vista Drive. 

According to investigators, a man and woman went to 523 Vista Drive at about 6:15 p.m. Friday to collect personal belongings from the home, which is under construction due to a recent fire.

When the pair entered the home, they found three men inside, and the suspects immediately began assaulting the male victim. Police responded to the home after receiving a call about someone screaming inside.

The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to UNC Hospitals, where he was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

Fayetteville police arrested Alexander James Smith, 26, of 1412 Cobra Drive, Friday night. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony breaking and entering and felony conspiracy. 

Smith was being held at the Cumberland County jail Saturday under a $500,000 secured bond.

Anyone who can help authorities the two remaining suspects should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 919-483-8477.

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  • kermit60 Jul 28, 2014

    The system does need to do it's job. But as in the beating death of the professor in Chapel Hill don't count on it. Both men had extensive records, one was wearing a tracking bracelet and they were still out on the street.

  • Steve Morrison Jul 28, 2014

    Imagine the horror of finding 3 men in your home when you stop by to collect your belongings. Imaging further that for some reason, they decide to brutally attack you. This is an outrageous and ridiculous crime. The justice system needs to do its job and get these guys far away from the public - where they can no longer be a threat.