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Man gets $25,000 bond for lingerie store hostage situation

Posted August 5, 2008 6:27 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2008 5:14 p.m. EDT

— A man accused of holding a lingerie store employee hostage Monday has been identified as Matthew Alexander Rivera, 27.

Rivera, of 2310 H. Bullard Road in Hope Mills, was was being held on a $25,000 bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Authorities charged him with second-degree kidnapping and perpetrating a hoax by use of a false bomb.

Fayetteville police responded to a report of robbery in progress at Priscilla's at 3800 Sycamore Dairy Road at about 12:41 p.m. Monday.

The situation ended peacefully after a little more than an hour, and no one was injured, although circumstances about the case were still unclear.

Rivera walked in to the business with what appeared to be a bomb, allowed two customers to leave and held a female store manager hostage, police Lt. David Sportsman said.

Sportsman did not give any information about a motive or why Rivera targeted the store.

Officers evacuated nearby businesses, and roads surrounding the store were blocked off for hours as members of the county's bomb squad swept the store as a precaution.

Authorities did not find an explosive device. The false bomb was made with Play-Doh, batteries and wire arranged like an explosive. The arrest report said the man carried a fake gun.

Sportsman said Rivera also demanded to speak to Lt. Charles Disponzio, the head of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office's homicide unit. Sportsman said investigators believe Disponzio is an acquaintance of Rivera's.

Disponzio did respond to the scene, but Rivera surrendered before he could talk to him.

Authorities urge anyone with information about the case to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856.