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One arrested in Fayetteville robbery, sexual assault

Posted November 8, 2013

Cortese Tramond Davis, 23, of Spring Lake, was taken into custody Friday at a home on Blue Street in Fayetteville.

— One of two men accused of sexually assaulting a female clerk and robbing Advance Auto Parts stores in Fayetteville and Lumberton was arrested on Friday by members of a U.S. Marshals Service task force, Fayetteville police said.

Cortese Tramond Davis, 23, of Spring Lake, was taken into custody Friday at a home on Blue Street in Fayetteville. 

According to investigators, Davis and Paul Merinord Smith, 20, of Dunn, robbed the Advance Auto Parts store at 2400 Owen Drive at about 8 p.m. Saturday. 

Davis and Smith both face the following charges: 

  • First-degree rape
  • First-degree sexual offense (two counts)
  • First-degree kidnapping
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon (business)
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon (employee)
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery

During the robbery, the robbers moved two clerks to the rear of the store, and one raped a female clerk while the other held a male clerk at gunpoint, police said. The robbers fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

About an hour later, two men matching the description of the Fayetteville robbers held up an Advance Auto Parts store in Lumberton, police said.

Davis was jailed under a $1.3 million secured bond at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Smith is asked to call Detective J. Benazzi at 910-257-3668 or Sgt. G. Womble at 910-916-2764.

Crime Stoppers information can also be submitted by calling 910-483-TIPS (8477) or by visiting the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crime Stoppers' website and completing the anonymous online tip sheet.


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  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 8, 2013

    sweetsea2, I agree with every word you've typed.

  • censorbait Nov 8, 2013

    He didn't do it. Just ask his mama. She would likely tell you that he has turned his life around and planning to become a preacher. Seriously though, there is a crime epidemic and the players are nearly always the same. It needs to be publicly discussed. Family structure does matter and government programs are tailor made to single parenting. If daddy is around and working it "messes up your check". It all needs to be on the table, discussed and major changes made. And by the so called activists as well. They ignore it and make no condemning comments because pushing personal responsibility does not sell well among their followers.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 8, 2013

    lec02572 - "No place on the streets for these guys. No bond, no more freedom ever for either of these individuals."

    We can wish for that, but it probably won't happen.

    In most cases, B&Es, rapes, even child rapes, are back out in 3-6 years.


  • sandim50 Nov 8, 2013

    bellar1. you just name 2 crimes he is involved with. The DA has a laundry list that he can be
    charged with. Why 3 years?

  • jmrado47 Nov 8, 2013

    I wonder if he had previous felonies. The first violent one is ten years and the next one is life without parole. The word will get out there that North Carolina is serious about dealing with violent crimes.

  • Bellar1 Nov 8, 2013

    He started with B&E 2008, got probation, did it again, got eight months, now he's graduated to rape and armed robbery. Surprised? Not me. He'll be out in three years and then he can murder someone. http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=1152462&searchLastName=Davis&searchFirstName=Cortese&searchGender=M&searchRace=2&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 8, 2013

    There a lot if this type here in NC.

  • mike275132 Nov 8, 2013

    Some more fine N.C. citizens,

    I'm sure he's innocent.....

  • mpphilli01 Nov 8, 2013

    I tend to agree with lopo, he'll probably be out inside three years. Wouldn't be surprised to find he has been in and out of correctional facilities his entire life, like a revolving door.

  • A Pack Fan Nov 8, 2013

    A picture says a 1000 words...