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Two men sought in Fayetteville robbery, sexual assault

Posted November 6, 2013

L-R: Cortese Davis and Paul Smith
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— Fayetteville police said they are searching for two "armed and dangerous" men who are accused of sexually assaulting a female clerk and robbing two Advance Auto Parts stores on Saturday.

Cortese Tramond Davis, 23, whose last known address was 427 Vass Road in Spring Lake, and Paul Merinord Smith, 20, whose last known address was 12 Timberland Lane in Dunn, are both facing the following charges:

  • First-degree rape
  • First-degree sexual offense (two counts)
  • First-degree kidnapping
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon (business)
  • Robbery with a dangerous weapon (employee)
  • Conspiracy to commit robbery

Detectives linked evidence from the crimes to secure warrants against "these two prolific offenders," police said in a statement. 

Investigators say the two men went into the Advance Auto Parts store at 2400 Owen Drive at about 8 p.m. Saturday and asked for information about an auto part. While one of the clerks began checking for the part, one of the men pulled out a gun and demanded money.

The two robbers then moved two clerks to the rear of the store, and one raped a female clerk while the other held a male clerk at gunpoint, police said. The robbers fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

About an hour later, two men matching the description of the Fayetteville robbers held up an Advance Auto Parts store in Lumberton, police said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Davis or Smith is asked to call Detective J. Benazzi at 910-257-3668 or Sergeant G. Womble at 910-916-2764. Crime Stoppers information can also be submitted by calling 910-483-TIPS (8477) or by visiting the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Crime Stoppers' website and completing the anonymous online tip sheet.

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  • bluecanary Nov 7, 2013

    "Detectives linked evidence from the crimes to secure warrants against "these two prolific offenders," police said in a statement. "

    That's the problem. "Prolific" offenders…most likely meaning that these two precious Fayetteville honor students have rap sheets longer than my arm. And yet, here they are, walking around, making this town miserable for the rest of us...

  • peppercorns Nov 7, 2013

    These men are animals.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Nov 7, 2013

    You can whine about crime in Fayetteville all you want, but their police detective division is top notch.

  • SFSOLDIER Nov 7, 2013

    It is just a matter of time until the Police catch these animals. Look under the first rock, they are hiding there like cockroaches. They will act like little school girls and give up before they ever draw down on an armed cop. Lock them up this time and do not let them out. I'm sure this was not their first rodeo. They have most likely already seen the inside of a prison.

  • casoucie Nov 7, 2013

    bad enough to rob them, but rape - what a low life - they both do not deserve the life left in their body. They deserve to die.

  • bluebox1967 Nov 7, 2013

    Usual suspects.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 7, 2013

    Well said, Mollers. The well being of the victims is what is important here.

  • Mollers Nov 7, 2013

    To the female clerk, stay strong darling. My heart breaks for you and what you have been through. I'm so very sorry this happened.
    To the other clerk, I'm sorry you had to exoerience such a barbaric act.

  • rsgolo Nov 7, 2013

    "Why was the news unable to identify these two, they said they had no description of them they could have been hispanic, or asian or white. To me there is no doubt what they are."

    Other news agencies did identify them. I knew what ethnicity they were, height, everything the day after this all happened. WRAL and other liberal agencies refused to provide the description. They seem to do that a lot with articles involving perps of a certain race.

    Of course, this comment most likely won't make it through the censor.

  • lopo Nov 7, 2013

    Why was the news unable to identify these two, they said they had no description of them they could have been hispanic, or asian or white. To me there is no doubt what they are.

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