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Man wanted for questioning in Fayetteville double homicide turns himself in

Posted January 22, 2014

— A 19-year-old man wanted for questioning in Fayetteville's first two homicides of 2014 turned himself in Wednesday evening.

Family members surrounded Albert Lamont Jackson, 19, of 3521 Seawell St. in Fayetteville, as he surrendered to police. Jackson was wanted for questioning in the murders of Manuel Sampeur, 25, and Pamela Ann Coe, 40, who were both found dead inside a residence at the Cambridge Arms Apartments on Monday.

Jackson, who had active warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault and communication of threats, was transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center.

The 19-year-old was the second person wanted in connection with the double homicide. Rashawn Javonte Hill, 17, was arrested Tuesday night after firing a shotgun at police.

Authorities arrived at 3611 Pickerel St. at about 11 p.m. to speak with Hill about the killings. As Fayetteville police and Cumberland County deputies entered the home, they heard a shotgun being racked from a rear bedroom. Hill then fired a single round as authorities walked down the hallway, police said. A Fayetteville police detective fired one shot at Hill. No one was hit.

Officers immediately retreated from the home and established a perimeter to ensure Hill did not escape. Hill was taken into custody without incident after authorities convinced him to surrender.

Hill is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was in the Cumberland County jail Wednesday under no bond.

Authorities said they believe Hill is a South View High School student.

Investigators don't believe the killings were random. Someone knocked on the apartment door and started a conversation before shots were fired, they said.

Like an aunt

Authorities haven't said how the two victims knew one another or how they knew Hill, but Jamal Cross, Sampeur's best friend, said Coe was like an aunt to Sampeur.

Cross believes the shootings were not random, for Sampeur would never have opened the door for someone he didn't know, he said. Other people were in the apartment at the time, said Cross, who added that someone told him Sampeur was shot in the back.

"They sat there and turned him around," Cross said Tuesday. "They didn't want him to sit there and see who shot him."

Cross also believes Sampuer could have survived if others in the apartment called for help sooner.

"They said they sat there a while and waited to call the ambulance to come and pick him up," Cross said. "If they would have called them earlier, he might have would made it. His body went into shock."

Neither Cross nor police offered a motive for the shooting.

Security measures taken

The Barcelona Drive apartment complex has been a well-known trouble spot. The city sued complex owners last year, claiming they were not doing enough to control crime there.

Authorities said Tuesday, however, that apartment management is complying with the city's request to improve security. An iron fence was installed around part of the complex, security cameras were mounted near entrances and signs were posted encouraging residents to report suspicious activity.

Management officials said Wednesday the new security measures were key in capturing Hill. They emphasized Hill did not live at the complex.

"City officials tell us that footage from the state of the art video surveillance cameras we installed last year were instrumental in identifying and apprehending the suspect yesterday," the complex said in a written statement. "Apparently, the man who held the lease to the unit may have allowed another person to live there. He did so without management’s knowledge. That is a violation of his lease, and we have given him 72 hours to vacate the unit."

In the past five years, at least three other homicides have been reported at the 700-unit complex, as have numerous burglaries, armed robberies, assaults, domestic disputes, drug deals and reports of gunfire.

Anyone with information about the killings or Jackson's whereabouts should call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. Crime Stoppers information may submit an anonymous tip online.


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  • bmac813 Jan 23, 2014

    If your Child is playing with the Neighbors Child and you know that your Neighbor has Gun's , THAN YOU SHOULD TELL YOUR KID, REMEMBER DON'T TOUCH MR. SO & SO GUNS.
    When is your Responsibility?????????
    My Father had Gun's in the House and we were TOLD not to touch them.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 23, 2014

    @jrelon, Why not answer the question that I actually asked and not create a strawman argument?...about a device that cannot be hidden in your back pocket by another person for decades...and then used to kill people. Here is the scene:

    Let's say that your neighbor has guns and your child is playing with her children at her house.

    Her child finds her mom's loaded gun in the nightstand and shoots your child. Are you saying that the gun owner bears no responsibility?

  • jrelon Jan 23, 2014

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    By this logic, you are responsible for the speeding ticket when someone steals your car or gets in a police chase. Or to make it even more ridiculous, if someone steals your money, you're responsible for the drugs they buy or whatever else happens because you didn't put your money in a safe or bury it in a coffee can in the backyard. A car and money, two things which can cause a lot more damage than a gun.

  • mittnfriends Jan 22, 2014

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    I'm not sure... no, as matter of fact this has nothing to do with LBJ's Great Society. Great Society being the striving for the elimination of poverty and social injustice.

    So, lessismore and justabumer, care to explain your delusions?

  • sunshine1040 Jan 22, 2014

    Now we all know from all those folks that followed a fight and shooting in Fla that a 17 year old would never pull a gun and shoot at another person. Right and that bridge in New York is still on the market. I hope they catch them both and give them the same treatment they gave their victims. Sorry Mommy but your good boy was not really a good boy.

  • batcave Jan 22, 2014

    Responsible gun owners or responsible car owners. this is funny. stuff of value gets stolen , even when resonable care is taken. gimme a break. When a child is shot more times than not, the male of the home has a criminal record.Six shooters as opposed to modern weapons? Learning curve here, thompson sub 1918, so um thats been awhile.Gun crime all about demographics cased closed.

  • justabumer Jan 22, 2014

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    Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner.

  • Prayer starts with P Jan 22, 2014

    "Does not matter how he got the gun. "

    Sure it does. Responsible gun owners don't let their guns end up in the wrong hands (or leave their WMDs lying around unattended like the son of one of our congresswomen did recently).

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 22, 2014

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    There are 317 million people in the U.S. In 1955, there were about half this.

    So, surely you're correct in saying that there were less gun incidents then than now...but what good is that statistic? Gun deaths per capita seems like a better stat...taking into account the efficiency of reliability of modern guns versus their six-shooter revolver counterparts.

    Of course, any retro reflection of "the good ole days" needs to also be tempered with the many things that are better now...human rights, math scores, scientific advances, longer lives, medicine, yadda yadda.

  • lessismore Jan 22, 2014

    This is all part of LBJ's "Great Society".