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Three teens detained in connection with Fayetteville crime spree

Posted November 11, 2015 6:57 p.m. EST
Updated November 12, 2015 5:08 a.m. EST

— Fayetteville police detained three teenagers Wednesday afternoon in connection with a violent two-day crime spree that included an armed robbery and a sexual assault.

According to police, the crimes began at about 5 p.m. Tuesday when two men solicited yard work from an elderly man in the 900 block of North Hill Road.

"They agreed upon a price, and then after that, one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and forced the victim back into his house," said Fayetteville police Lt. John Somerindyke. "They took his car keys and his wallet and left the area in his 2014 black Ford Mustang."

Police were then called to investigate a sexual assault that occurred at about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Knights Inn in the 2800 block of Bragg Boulevard.

A man approached a woman, pulled out a handgun and forced her into a vehicle, police said. He drove her to a vacant home and sexually assaulted her.

Security camera video captured a man pulling into the parking lot in a Ford Mustang and loitering outside a room. It also showed the man confronting a 24-year-old woman staying at the motel.

According to investigators, a break in the case came later Wednesday morning when an officer spotted the stolen car near Cain Road and Bragg Boulevard.

"A vehicle pursuit began...that ended over in the Tiffany Pines neighborhood," Somerindyke said. "Three suspects were taken into custody there."

Fayetteville police said that the pursuit lasted for several minutes before the driver of the stolen Mustang stopped in the area of Golden Road and Platinum Road, where the three occupants ran from the car. During the pursuit, the driver of the Mustang pointed a semi-automatic handgun at an officer, said police.

Rodney Darnell Nesbitt, 19, of the 2100 block of Woodbine Avenue, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Zaakimm Muhammud Caughman, 16, of the 1000 block of Cain Road, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

Shariff Ysalaam Caughman, 17, of the 200 block of Hawthorne Road, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

All three were being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center.