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Man Charged in Connection with Sunday Rape, Kidnap

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Archie James Knight
FAYETTEVILLE — A Cumberland County man made his firstcourt appearance Monday morning, facing charges he raped and kidnapped aconvenience store clerk. Now, he is accused of three attacks andinvestigators say he may be involved in others.

Sunday morning, detectives arrested Archie James Knight, 34, and chargedhimwith second degree rape, second degree sex offense and first degreekidnapping in connection with Sunday's incident. Officers say that assault took place at about 4:30 Sunday morning at the Pantry store on Hope MillsRoad.

Harlon Raynor lives next door to Knight in a mobile home neighborhoodoff Hope Mills Road. Raynor says he knew Knight was trouble after heexposed himself to Raynor's wife twice.

After the additional charges were added, Knight's bond was raised from$60,000 to $1 million.

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