The second of four men charged in connection to recent widespread vandalism incidents in downtown Fayetteville was arrested early Saturday morning by Fayetteville police after they’d obtained several warrants for the man’s arrest.
On Friday, the Fayetteville Police Department announced arrest warrants for four suspects in connection to over a dozen instances of vandalism across downtown in the past two weeks, including many cars and buildings defaced with hate speech and offensive symbols. Notably, Unity Tabernacle Christian Church on Gillespie Street was vandalized twice last week with vulgar language and symbols, including swastikas.
Dominic Smith, an 18-year-old white male residing in Fayetteville, was arrested Thursday evening and booked into Cumberland County Jail with a $65,000 secured bond. He was charged with 13 counts of injury to real property, misdemeanor conspiracy, graffiti violation of city ordinance and injury to personal property. Smith was given a court date of Dec. 20.
Raybert Robinson, a 21-year-old Black male residing in Fayetteville, was arrested early Saturday morning, according to a police arrest report. He is charged with 10 counts of injury to real property, misdemeanor conspiracy and a graffiti violation of city ordinance. Smith was released a few hours after his arrest Saturday and given a court date of Dec. 20 with a $500 unsecured bond, the report states.
The Fayetteville Police Department has active warrants for arrest for two more suspects in the vandalism cases:
According to the police department’s mapping database, another incident of downtown vandalism took place Sunday, at the Huske Hardware House at 405 Hay St. A police incident report was filed, and a suspect has not yet been named.
This story will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.
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