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Man who threatened to 'blow woman's head off' surrenders to police

Posted December 2, 2015
Updated December 3, 2015

Simms was charged with attempted first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and communicating threats. He was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $275,000 secured bond.
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— Fayetteville police have arrested a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

According to police, the victim was at a residence in the 400 block of Ritter Drive at about 6:20 a.m. when a man who was visiting the home displayed a handgun and ordered the victim to remove her clothing. Police said the man grabbed the victim, dragged her to the bathroom and said he would “blow her head off if she didn’t take off her clothes.”

The woman fought back and ran from the area.

Police said that the victim knew the man and identified him as Phillip Eugene Simms, 33, of the 5800 block of Somerton Place in Hope Mills.

Simms surrendered to police in Robeson County at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday and he was then transported to Fayetteville.

Simms was charged with attempted first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and communicating threats. He was being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $275,000 secured bond.

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  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 4, 2015
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    Let's blow his head off.

  • Libby Lynn Dec 3, 2015
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    Thank God she got away. I hope she's ok.