Jaymie Baxley Staff writer
November 18, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE — The second of two men wanted in connection with the rape of a female employee at an Advance Auto Parts store in Fayetteville and an armed robbery in Robeson County was arrested and charged this morning.
Paul Smith Merinord, 20, of Timberland Lane in Dunn, was apprehended by Fayetteville police, according to The Fayetteville Observer. He is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on $500,000 bail.
Merinord, along with 23-year-old Cortese Tramond Davis, of Spring Lake, are accused of robbing an Advance Auto Parts store in Fayetteville and raping a female employee there while holding another employee at gunpoint on Nov. 2 at about 8 p.m. They are accused of using a long weapon and pepper spray while committing the crimes.
The two men are suspects in another armed robbery, also at an Advance Auto Parts store, that occurred in Lumberton at about 9:20 p.m., also on Nov. 2.
Merinord is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, five counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of conspiracy, and one count each of first-degree rape, two counts each of first-degree sex offense and robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy.
Davis was apprehended on Nov. 8 in Spring Lake by U.S. marshals. He was found attempting to escape from the window of an apartment building on the 700 block of Blue Street.
Davis is charged with first-degree rape, conspiracy and two counts each of first-degree sex offense and robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.
Lumberton police have warrants against Merinord and Davis accusing them of armed robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy and larceny of a firearm, according to Capt. Terry Parker.
As of Monday afternoon, the two men had not been transported to Lumberton to be charged with those crimes.
According to The Fayetteville Observer, police also arrested Alan Rashad McNeil, a 27-year-old homeless man who is believed to have conspired with Merinord to steal more than $3,000 from a man on Saturday. McNeil is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy and second-degree kidnapping. His bail was set at $75,000.