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Beaten suspects charged in Fayetteville robbery

Posted May 25, 2011 9:24 a.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2011 5:09 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police have charged two suspects beaten after a robbery late Sunday.

Raufeal Weddy, 22, of the 3900 block of Village Drive, was released Tuesday afternoon from the hospital, where he had been in critical condition. Police arrested him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Terrell Battle, 26, of Clark Street, was arrested Wednesday on the same charges. Battle had been treated and released from the hospital.

Police believe that Weddy and Battle robbed Maria Guebara, 47, of her purse outside her apartment building at 20 Cambridge Arms.

When Guebara screamed, 10 to 15 relatives and friends ran from nearby apartments and chased the suspected robbers, police said. One suspect fired a shot that just missed one of the pursuers, police said.

The family and friends apprehended and disarmed the two men, shooting both in the struggle for their gun, police said. They then beat and stabbed the men, police said.

A third suspected robber fled the area in a silver Buick, police said.

Weddy and Battle were convicted of common-law robbery and conspiracy in a May 3, 2008, incident in Cumberland County, according to state Department of Correction records. Both served approximately five months in jail.