Local News

Woman injured in I-95 rest stop robbery attempt

Posted July 10

— A woman was injured recently when someone tried to rob her at a rest area on southbound Interstate 95 in Cumberland County, authorities said Monday.

The woman's family had stopped at the rest area at about 11 p.m. on June 25, and she was approached from behind in the bathroom by a woman with a knife.

The assailant demanded the woman's purse and cut her on the left hand during a struggle for the purse, authorities said.

As the thief ran out of the bathroom, she was confronted by the woman's husband and daughter, who were able to get the purse back during another struggle. The thief then ran out of the rest stop.

She was described as white, in her mid-20 or mid-30s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with blonde, shoulder-length hair pulled into a ponytail. She was wearing black jeans and a dark-colored short sleeve shirt.

Lt. Sean Swain said this type of crime doesn't happen often at the county's rest stops.

"We've had a rash of vending machines break-ins. We've had some solicitors out there," he said. "We've had a few robberies at the rest areas. It's not that it happens all the time. This is an isolated incident. We're hoping we're going to get this person in custody and stop this from happening again."

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-323-1500.


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Alex Yopp Jul 11, 1:08 p.m.
    user avatar

    Blonde in the description , but the pics and tape look brunette, or dirty dirty blonde at best.

  • Quid Malmborg Jul 10, 9:20 p.m.
    user avatar

    View quoted thread


  • Rod Runner Jul 10, 5:27 p.m.
    user avatar

    View quoted thread

    Yep, and the gun would have been in the stolen purse...

  • Kevin Stewart Jul 10, 4:43 p.m.
    user avatar

    Another perfect example of why women need to carry also

  • Bill Gibson Jul 10, 3:10 p.m.
    user avatar

    What is that tatoo on her back? "I'm with stupid"?

  • Jim Frei Jul 10, 12:49 p.m.
    user avatar

    I'm sure there are 20 or 30 guys in the greater Fayetteville area that will recognize that tramp stamp.