On Friday, the Fayetteville Police Department said that four individuals were charged with vandalism of a church and other similar acts in the downtown area.
The Greater Unity Tabernacle Christian Church on Gillespie Street was spray-painted with offensive language and pornographic images on November 9, sparking the start of the inquiry.
The Cumberland County Detention Centre is located across the street from the church. The sheriff’s office claimed at the time that the event was not captured by the security cameras because the church was out of frame, despite the fact that the detention centre had cameras located across the street.
It was discovered by investigators that vandalism had occurred in other locations of the 100 block of Person Street on the same day. Additionally, Unity Tabernacle received a second vandalism report on Thursday morning, prompting another contact to the police. Officers discovered that six other downtown sites had also been vandalised this time.
Detectives were able to identify a suspect car and four individuals for the vandalism acts by using CCTV footage collected from the various places.
Dominic Smith, 18, of Fayetteville, one of the four suspects, was taken into custody and charged on 13 charges of misdemeanour conspiracy, harm to real property, graffiti violation, and injury to personal property.
There are still three suspects at large.
Raybert Robinson, 21, of Fayetteville, was charged with misdemeanour conspiracy, ten counts of harm to real property, and a violation of graffiti.
The charges against Hope Mills resident Quantavis Moultrie, 21, include 13 counts of misdemeanour conspiracy, harm to real property, graffiti violation, and injury to personal property.
Nineteen-year-old Gabriel Kroes of Fayetteville was accused on thirteen charges of misdemeanour conspiracy, harm to real property, graffiti violation, and injury to personal property.
Smith has an unsecured bail of $65,000 and is being detained at the Cumberland County Jail.
Detective B. Gerald may be reached at (910) 309-7768 if you have any information concerning this investigation or the whereabouts of the individuals who are currently at large.