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Fayetteville pawn shop shooting was random, police say

Posted November 7, 2010
Updated November 8, 2010

— Police say that a shooting at a Fayetteville pawn shop on Saturday was random and that the suspects were in need of a car when they the store clerk was killed.

Cedric Theodis Hobbs Jr., 29, and Alexis Mattocks, 20, were each charged early Sunday with first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Kyle Harris, 19.

The pair allegedly shot Harris at the Cumberland Pawn Shop around 5:15 p.m. Saturday and fled in his Saturn Ion, likely because their car broke down near the store, Lt. Christopher Davis, with the Fayetteville Police Department, said.

Hobbs and Mattocks were wanted for questioning in a suspicious death earlier Saturday in McDuffie County, Ga., in which someone dumped the body of a 22-year-old man, authorities said.

“The vehicle they were driving was the Georgia victim’s vehicle,” Davis said. “It apparently broke down near Cumberland Pawn.”

Surveillance video showed Hobbs and Mattocks walk in and out of the store several times before the crime, Davis said.

Police have said Mattock’s 9-month-old baby was with them at the time.

Two other employees were inside the store at the time, Davis said. They were not hurt.

“I don't know if they were thinking about robbing the place or what the deal was there, but at one point they went in, shot the clerk and left in the clerk's vehicle,” he said.

Washington, D.C., police arrested the pair about six hours later on charges of auto theft. Mattocks' baby, who was still with them, was taken into custody, police said.

They were later charged with murder in Harris’ death, as well as armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Extradition proceedings for the two were expected to begin Monday.

Friends said Harris worked at Cumberland Pawn Shop for more than a year to save money for college. He graduated from Cape Fear High School in 2009, and he had recently enrolled in some college courses.

“He had his whole future ahead of him,” friend Brent Shannon said. “That’s the worst part about this.”


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  • nctorwart Nov 8, 2010

    Amen brittandy!

    We don't know all of the facts yet, but if the security video confirms it's them. Get a rope and don't waste the taxpayers money!

  • angiejohn33 Nov 8, 2010

    They say that u never truly understand something until it hits close to home or it happens to you. It saddens me to say this but this is my cousin, ive read some of the comments made here and she's no monster or muderer she has lost her way in this crazy world. I'm not condoning what she did and my heart goes out to the family of this young man who's life was taken. Let God be her Judgement not us the person you see is not the person i grew up with the whole story isn't out yet do be so quick to judge.

  • beachbum1 Nov 8, 2010

    Statistics don't lie, check your percents people. Let them pick and choose what they want to allow. If the shoe fits then they need to wear it!

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  • melwatson74 Nov 8, 2010

    How many more people do they have to kill before the system puts them away forever?

  • kcollier39 Nov 8, 2010

    when it comes down to it,it should not matter if black or white.the point is unless the law changes for harder punishment for people who do these crimes it will continue to get worse.the law needs to start setting examples for people like this.but for everyone who has commented on this,believe that there is a special place in HELL for these kind of people,and on judgement day they will have to answer for what they have done.

  • meBNme Nov 8, 2010

    Is there any reason not to put those criminals to death?

    My goodness folks, There is absolutely no deffense for this type of thing.

  • tritonlm6 Nov 8, 2010

    Ditto what rcso29 said. These comments are heavily edited.

  • yindaworld Nov 8, 2010

    go on facebook type in their names they both have accounts she looks like a little boy with a very short hair cutt

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 8, 2010

    Death Row for EVERYONE.