One arrested in Fayetteville robbery, sexual assault
Posted November 8, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — 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.