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Victim's Husband Speaks Out About Carjacking

Posted August 18, 1998

— A Fayetteville woman who was carjacked, shot and left for dead is doing much better. Debra Cheeseborough, 40, has been upgraded to stable condition. Cheeseborough's husband, Michael, spoke to WRAL about the whole ordeal.

Cheeseborough says he got into a fight with his wife before she left for work on Sunday night. And although he believes he might be a suspect is this case, he insists he had nothing to do with his wife's attack.

Debra Cheeseborough was shot several times and left for dead on Fort Bragg property. Barely alive, she crawled to a nearby road and got help from a passerby. Cheeseborough told her husband she was abducted late Sunday night, as she left her head manager's job at the Raeford Road Bojangle's restaurant.

"`They got me when I left the store, getting into my car,'" Michael Cheeseborough said, as he repeated a sentence his wife spoke. "And then she tried to say something else, and I told her to be quiet and be strong, and they are going to take care of you. You are going to be all right."

Michael also is employed at the Bojangle's, but he works a different shift. Cheeseborough said his wife normally left the restaurant alone around midnight. But she never had restaurant money with her. Debra was shot seven times.

"One had got to the liver. And they told me they repaired the liver," Cheeseborough's husband recalled. "One was in her leg. And two were in the chest, and they couldn't find that on the x-ray the first night. So, they told me they had to go in to probe and look. And they suspected one would be over the heart."

Cheeseborough says God was on his wife's side.

"The investigators were telling me that normally, when a person is shot two times, they are normally dead," Cheeseborough explained. "But she had a will to live."

Investigators are looking for Debra Cheeseborough's car. Police believe the suspect or suspects took of in the dark gray 1991 Nissan Sentra. The N.C. license plate number isCXY-2210. Investigators believe if they find the car, it will have evidence that could lead them to her attacker.

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