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Three teens detained in connection with Fayetteville crime spree

Posted November 11, 2015
Updated November 12, 2015

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— Fayetteville police detained three teenagers Wednesday afternoon in connection with a violent two-day crime spree that included an armed robbery and a sexual assault.

According to police, the crimes began at about 5 p.m. Tuesday when two men solicited yard work from an elderly man in the 900 block of North Hill Road.

"They agreed upon a price, and then after that, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and forced the victim back into his house," said Fayetteville police Lt. John Somerindyke. "They took his car keys and his wallet and left the area in his 2014 black Ford Mustang."

Police were then called to investigate a sexual assault that occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Knights Inn in the 2800 block of Bragg Boulevard.

A man approached a woman, pulled out a handgun and forced her into a vehicle, police said. He drove her to a vacant home and sexually assaulted her.

Security camera video captured a man pulling into the parking lot in a Ford Mustang and loitering outside a room. It also showed the man confronting a 24-year-old woman staying at the motel.

According to investigators, a break in the case came later Wednesday morning when an officer spotted the stolen car near Cain Road and Bragg Boulevard.

"A vehicle pursuit began...that ended over in the Tiffany Pines neighborhood," Somerindyke said. "Three suspects were taken into custody there."

Fayetteville police said that the pursuit lasted for several minutes before the driver of the stolen Mustang stopped in the area of Golden Road and Platinum Road, where the three occupants ran from the car. During the pursuit, the driver of the Mustang pointed a semi-automatic handgun at an officer, said police.

Rodney Darnell Nesbitt, 19, of the 2100 block of Woodbine Avenue, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Zaakimm Muhammud Caughman, 16, of the 1000 block of Cain Road, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

Shariff Ysalaam Caughman, 17, of the 200 block of Hawthorne Road, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

All three were being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

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  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 14, 2015
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    Further, I said nothing about race. If you are really reading my posts, you will see that I say the exact same thing, with white, black, Asian and Hispanic criminals also. Not that those comments would fit your agenda.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 14, 2015
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    Well let's see. The man who had his Ford Mustang stolen, along with his wallet, picked them out of a photo lineup, A security camera showed them in the stolen vehicle. A woman, picked them out of a photo line up also, and a rape kit was performed on her. An officer saw the stolen vehicle, with all 3 of them inside. A chase ensued. The driver pointed a handgun at officers.

    Yep. I don't need a trial.

  • Mick Flynn Nov 12, 2015
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    Well now they have been charged. 12% or the population commits over 51% of the violent crimes.

  • Sonja Yagel Nov 12, 2015
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    No Jonathan, wonder how they ended up in the Mustang that was stolen through a robbery and the Mustang was captured in videos at the scene of some of the crimes. These three look like prime candidates for Central for I hope a long time. They do not belong in public society.

  • Jonathan Crowder Nov 12, 2015
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    Wayne, you believe these 3 young ack men are guilty already? Based on a WRAL report? I saw a comment you posted on the Fergon protest that said " WRAL writer's hide facts to accommodate hugs". You should be a man about your views about blck men and stop being a internet buly.

  • David Herman Nov 12, 2015
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    Democrats.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 11, 2015
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    Well here are 3 more, that we will be supporting for the next 60 years or so. Ain't life grand?