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Man gets $25,000 bond for lingerie store hostage situation

Posted August 5, 2008

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— A man accused of holding a lingerie store employee hostage Monday has been identified as Matthew Alexander Rivera, 27.

Rivera, of 2310 H. Bullard Road in Hope Mills, was was being held on a $25,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Authorities charged him with second-degree kidnapping and perpetrating a hoax by use of a false bomb.

Fayetteville police responded to a report of robbery in progress at Priscilla's at 3800 Sycamore Dairy Road at about 12:41 p.m. Monday.

The situation ended peacefully after a little more than an hour, and no one was injured, although circumstances about the case were still unclear.

Rivera walked in to the business with what appeared to be a bomb, allowed two customers to leave and held a female store manager hostage, police Lt. David Sportsman said.

Sportsman did not give any information about a motive or why Rivera targeted the store.

Officers evacuated nearby businesses, and roads surrounding the store were blocked off for hours as members of the county's bomb squad swept the store as a precaution.

Authorities did not find an explosive device. The false bomb was made with Play-Doh, batteries and wire arranged like an explosive. The arrest report said the man carried a fake gun.

Sportsman said Rivera also demanded to speak to Lt. Charles Disponzio, the head of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office's homicide unit. Sportsman said investigators believe Disponzio is an acquaintance of Rivera's.

Disponzio did respond to the scene, but Rivera surrendered before he could talk to him.

Authorities urge anyone with information about the case to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.


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  • daMoFo Aug 5, 2008

    AnnaMarie, thanks. I was hoping it was not. I hope the lady he took hostage is ok.

  • daMoFo Aug 5, 2008

    Oh yes of course...mental illness and Iraq. Kelly what have you done to help him? What did his dad do to help him? Maybe you did a lot, We don't know. If he was a danger to others, why didn't the people that know him have him committed? The judge set his bond low because the judge screwed him over? How so? What reason did the army give for "not helping him"? Did he seek treatment outside the army? There are plenty of places for people to get help besides the army?

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  • Jayne Aug 5, 2008

    whats with the stamps tattooed over his eye?

  • kellyr1025 Aug 5, 2008

    You guys are sick. This is my ex husband and i love the way you judge him without knowing him. Yes, he is an ex for a reason, but he does have a mental illness and when he got back from iraq after he served his country did the army try to help him with his sickness, no, they didn't. Maybe if your lives didn't suck so much you wouldn't have to pick on sick people. You wonder why the bonds so low, b/c they know they screwed him over instead of helping him when they should have.

  • AMHall82 Aug 5, 2008

    damofo - Yes...it is.

  • zeitghost Aug 5, 2008

    the triangle-y ones look like masonic symbols but i sincerely doubt he's a mason

  • bigdumbdane Aug 5, 2008

    Please tell me those are where someone sharpie'ed his face when he was passed out.

  • WRALcensorsforIslam Aug 5, 2008

    Correction pal, WRAL will take him seriously and censor anyone who makes a comment any stronger than yours in order to spare us the unforgiveable and everlasting torment of judgemental people.

  • PowderedToastMan Aug 5, 2008

    This fellow clearly doesn't thing things through. Putting tats on your face is like saying, "Don't ever hire me or take me seriously!"