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Teens accused of beating, robbing woman face more charges

Posted August 12, 2011 9:42 a.m. EDT
Updated August 12, 2011 10:08 a.m. EDT

— Two Spring Lake teens accused of beating a 75-year-old woman and stealing her car on Saturday face more charges and higher bonds.

Investigators say Samuel Lorenzo Davis, 17, of 1016 Karen Circle, and Fulton Lavelle Covington, 16, of 310 Scarborough St., approached May Taylor as she tended her birdfeeders in the backyard of her home in the 200 block of Scarborough Street.

Davis told the woman he was looking for his dog, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office. When she turned to point in the direction of where she had seen a dog earlier in the day, Covington hit her on the back of the head with a brick, authorities said.

After Taylor fell to the ground, Covington continued to kick and beat her, demanding that she give him her car keys, authorities said. She told the teens her keys were inside her residence on the kitchen counter.

The two left the house with Taylor’s car and drove around with friends until Fayetteville police stopped the vehicle at a nearby fast-food restaurant, authorities said.

Davis and Covington were initially charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and larceny of a motor vehicle. They were being held under $100,000 bonds in the Cumberland County Detention Center on Monday.

On Friday, sheriff's officials announced that Davis' bond was increased to $125,000 and Covington's was raised to $115,000. They remain in the Cumberland County Detention Center awaiting trial.

Davis faces additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Covington faces additional charges of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Taylor was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for a head wound.

"I have a bruise up here on my head, and I was kicked all over and beaten on the ground," she said.