FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Two men were sent to the hospital after the family of the woman they tried to rob beat them, stabbed them and then shot them with their own gun.
Early Monday, 47-year-old Maria Guebara was returning home to the Cambridge Arms apartments after attending a birthday party. That’s when 22-year-old Raufeal Weddy and 26-year-old Terrell Battle got out of a car and tried to steal her purse at gunpoint.
Guebara began screaming for help, alerting 10 to 15 friends and family members who lived at the apartment complex. As they came running to her aid, one of the robbers shot at them, the bullet passing through clothing. The man driving the car Weddy and Battle got out of drove off.
A very wise decision on his part as Guebara and her family are from El Salvador. These people have dealt with civil war and military death squads. Some shithead with a bandana and a .22 caliber handgun just doesn’t pose quite the same threat. It didn’t help the two criminals that the Hispanics in the area have been the victims of persistent break-ins and robberies.
“They just decided to stop them and to arrest somebody,” a friend of the victim said. “It’s nothing that they talked about beforehand or planned. They’re tired of being the victims of attacks.” And stop them they did, with one hellacious beat-down. When police arrived, they found both Battle and Weddy lying in a bloody, crumpled heap on the pavement.
“Both suspects were shot during the initial struggle, with the suspect’s gun, and then the family severely beat, stabbed and cut both suspects,” Lt. Chris David said.
Both Battle and Weddy were taken to the hospital. Battle was released on Monday while Weddy, who was admitted in critical condition, was released on Tuesday. Both men were placed in jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
No big shock that these two men have been in trouble with the law before. One is a known Blood gang member, and both men served five months in jail in 2008 after being convicted of common-law robbery and conspiracy.
I apologize if any of the names in this article are not correct, they are spelled differently depending on the news source. But whatever the spelling, I am so tempted to send the friends and family of Guebara a case of Pilsener for their help in taking out the trash.
Tags: Attempted Murder, Crime, Maria Guebara, North Carolina, Raufeal Weddy, Robbery, Terell Battle, Vigilante