Suspects identified in Fayetteville robbery, rape

(L-R) Cortese Davis, Paul Smith

(L-R) Cortese Davis, Paul Smith

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville police have identified two suspects in a robbery and rape that happened last weekend.

Police are looking for Cortese Davis of Spring Lake and Paul Smith of Dunn.

According to a news release, two men walked into the Advance Auto Parts store on Owen Drive in Fayetteville last Saturday, robbed it then took the workers in the back.

They held them at gunpoint while a female employee was raped.

A similar crime happened in Lumberton Saturday at another auto parts store but no sexual assault occurred.

Davis and Smith are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Davis or Smith is asked to call Detective J. Benazzi at 910-257-3668 or Sergeant G. Womble at 910-916-2764. Crimestoppers information can also be submitted by calling 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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