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Thursday, 14 November 2013 01:08

Two Charged in Rape and Robbery of Two Advance Auto Parts Stores in Fayetteville and Lumberton

A man accused of robbing an Advance Auto Parts store in Fayetteville and raping an employee was charged Nov. 2 with the robbery of three more businesses and faces similar charges in Lumberton and Harnett County.

Cortese Tramond Davis, 23, of the 400 block of Vass Road, is charged with eight counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of conspiracy, two counts of first-degree sex offense and one count each of first-degree rape and and first-degree kidnapping. Davis also is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $1.3 million.

Davis and another man, Smith Paul Merinord, 20, who last lived on Timberland Lane in Dunn, are accused of robbing the auto parts store shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, Fayetteville police said. Police previously identified Merinord as Paul Merinord Smith.

Lumberton police have issued warrants for Davis and Merinord, charging them with robbing the Advance Auto Parts store and its employees at 1978 N. Roberts Ave. about an hour after the robbery of the Fayetteville store, Capt. Terry Parker said.

During the robbery, a male worker was held at gunpoint while Davis allegedly raped a female employee, police said.

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