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Fayetteville Clerk Savagely Beaten Fights Back

Posted November 21, 2007

— A store clerk was savagely beaten and left for dead at a Fayetteville gas station. She is recovering, but police are still looking for the attacker.

On Wednesday, the woman talked about her ordeal.

Betty Jean Carloni, 50, doesn’t normally work the overnights, but she did on Nov. 9. She was alone. Sometime before 5 a.m., a man walked in.

“He went after the beer, and I told him no beer, and he put it back,” Carloni said.

She couldn't sell beer after 2 a.m., according to state law. Carloni went to make coffee and the man went back for the Budweiser - two big cases. She warned him again that he could not buy the beer.

“And that’s when he came back around and swinging the beer at me and started going at me,” Carloni said. “He got me, drug me down and started smashing my head against the floor. He had both hands around my throat, hitting me against the floor.”

She threw some punches herself, but she eventually lost consciousness. The man kept beating her. When he was done, he swiped the cash register tray and cigars. When she regained consciousness, Carloni called 911.

“My whole face was fractured. My ear was ruptured. The jaw, the nose, all of it’s broke,” she said.

Carloni’s left eye was swollen shut for days, and she thought she might go blind.

“They were surprised I was not dead,” she said.

Police are looking for Anthony Darnell Lee, 31. He's wanted for attempted murder and assault, and he has a rap sheet, which includes hit and run, felony larceny, fleeing from police and breaking and entering.

The attack happened at a Hess-Wilco store on Raeford Road. Carloni said she plans to come back to the store at the end of the month to resume working.

“I’m not gonna be scared of nobody. I don’t care if they were to come back. I’d still fight,” she said.

Carloni said she has a message for her attacker.

“I would like to tell you, we’re gonna get you. And I’ve got a lot of people that do care, and they’re gonna watch out for you, and they will get you,” she said.

Anyone with information about this case, or the suspect, is urged to call Fayetteville police.


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  • BUCKEYEnNC Nov 23, 2007

    It's a shame that I share the same air as thugs that are capable of beating a woman like this!

    I have a name for people like this. I call them oxygen thieves! They are wasting oxygent that would be better served on another human being. I'm sure his parents are real proud of this piece of work!

    It's a shame to have to risk your life for a minimum wage job! I would hope that this lady would take this chance to go to school and seek a better opportunity!

    God Bless her!

  • TheeRichard Nov 22, 2007

    Must we continue to tolerate such as this? I wish her the best and pray for swift justice.

  • bronzegoddess40 Nov 21, 2007

    I hope he is caught soon so that this mess will not happen again.

  • NCMOMof3 Nov 21, 2007

    how sad that someone can react with such anger to a simple no. I'm glad the clerk is recovering and that she is in such good spirits. I, too, blame a legal system that continues to release repeat offenders so they can harm innocent people like this clerk. I hope when they catch him, and they will, that this time he will get the punishment he deserves. But I doubt it.

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 21, 2007

    I'll bet a paycheck that if this suspect is caught he will have a long criminal history and should have been in prison when the crime occurred. And not long after he caught this time he will be back out again.

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  • motorfinga Nov 21, 2007

    Doesn't that idiot know he was on camera? With todays technology its just a matter of time until he is apprehended. All for a case of beer and a few bucks.

  • parr4246 Nov 21, 2007

    I hope they catch the creep...........and the sooner the better....!!!

  • happyncgurl Nov 21, 2007

    no doubt.. thank God this woman is able to tell her story.. the outcome could have been a whole lot worse.. I hope they find this man and get him off the street. Good luck to this woman in her road to recovery

  • paddie Nov 21, 2007

    Many years ago when I worked in Fayetteville, there was a convenience store that I would stop at every morning for coffee on my way to work. This clerk worked there and she was the best employee they had. I'm sorry this happened to her and I hope the police catch the scum.