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Police have 'person of interest' in Fayetteville mall rape

Posted March 20, 2013

Cross Creek Mall

— Fayetteville police said Wednesday that they have talked with a "person of interest" in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl, who was pulled into a bathroom at Cross Creek Mall Monday evening and sexually assaulted.

Police did not release the person's name and said no charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation. They said more details would be released as they become available.

The girl told officers she was pulled into a bathroom about 7:30 p.m. while shopping with her family. She was taken to a hospital in a neighboring county following the incident, police said.

Anyone with information should contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477. 

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for tips that lead to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.


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  • SportsLover75 Mar 22, 2013

    I am so glad my mom was always over protective and never let me go off on my own while out shopping with the family. People are to trusting this day and age. This is also the reason I do not go to Fayetteville alone nor do I go often.

  • oleguy Mar 20, 2013

    Another reason to carry,,,

  • sjb2k1 Mar 20, 2013

    i love how some people put the onus of this on the victim. pretty sure a lot of rapes don't get reported because the victim is worried no one will believe her (or him).

  • djofraleigh Mar 20, 2013

    Is a "Person of Interest" the same as a "Suspect"? Maybe it sounds better. -- COMMENT

    that's a person being looked at, not at the level of suspect, for it might just be someone who was nearby or even could be a witness.

    Look, despite asking for tips, the report above does NOT even have a description of the rapist. Was it a man? What age, height, weight, race, build, clothes, etc? Can she even identify anyone? Why does the police limit the description or why does the media censor news?

  • djofraleigh Mar 20, 2013

    So, is she telling the truth or not? -- comment

    WHY doubt her word? One reason is that we don't want to believe someone would do this, that we can be unsafe at the mall. But thinking someone would lie about it makes me feel bad, too. I say believe the girl until we have reason not to. I believe her.

  • diana123 Mar 20, 2013

    so much for shopping with the family; well the
    healthcare folks would have done a rape kit
    on her so she is probably telling the truth.

  • kermit60 Mar 20, 2013

    Is a "Person of Interest" the same as a "Suspect"? Maybe it sounds better.

  • fifefan4life Mar 20, 2013

    My prayers for the girl. Remember that you are "wonderfully made" by God and no one can take that away from you.
    "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14

  • Obamacare rises Mar 20, 2013

    So, is she telling the truth or not?