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Online encounter leads to stolen money, shots fired in Fayetteville

Posted March 27, 2014

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— One person was arrested and another sought after a man meeting a woman through an online service was shot at and had money taken from him Wednesday, police said.

Jeremy Patterson, 25, of Southern Pines, drove to Fayetteville to meet a woman at a hotel near Eutaw Shopping Center. While in the hotel room, two unknown men entered, including one with a handgun. There was no confrontation but money was taken from Patterson's belongings, police said.

Patterson then followed the two men after they entered a grey SUV. While on Lyon Road near Stamper Road, one of the men, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, exited the SUV and fired a handgun at Patterson's vehicle, police said. A bullet struck Patterson's vehicle but he was not injured. The SUV then fled in an unknown direction.

Detectives identified two suspects - Brianna Sharnee Stewart, 18, of 6105 Abco Lane in Fayetteville and Michael Jerome Payne, 19, of 321 Whipple Tree Lane in Fayetteville.

Both have been charged with felonious larceny. Stewart was being processed at the Cumberland County jail Thursday afternoon. Payne has not been apprehended.

Anyone with information about the incident or Payne's whereabouts is asked to contact Fayetteville police at 910-433-1856 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted anonymously through an online tip sheet or texting 274637 (in the text box type "4Tip" followed by your message).

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  • Chase Truman Mar 28, 2014
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    That guy looks out-of-his-mind high...

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 27, 2014

    Wonder what kind of online service that must of been?