LUMBERTON - A Fayetteville man is being held in the Robeson County jail under a $2 billion bond after being charged with two counts of attempted murder.
Robert Averitte, 45, of Alphin Street in Fayetteville, was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the stabbing death of Elizabeth Craven, 45, of St. Pauls.
Craven died of her injuries Wednesday, Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said. Investigators, Sealey said, plan to speak with District Attorney Johnson Britt today to upgrade one attempted murder charge to first-degree murder.
Craven was stabbed Monday night at a residence on Lombardi Village Road.
Craven and her two daughters were at a residence when Averitte walked in, according to a sheriff's office report. Craven's daughter, Ashleigh, according to the report, told deputies that the man approached her mother and said, "You're the CIA operative that's been following me," and then stabbed her under her right eye.
Craven's other daughter, Melissa, was in a back bedroom with her boyfriend when they heard screaming.
The daughter said she came to the front room to see a knife protruding from her mother's face, the report said. The daughter told deputies that Averitte pulled the knife out of Craven's face and went after Ashleigh. The women said they did not know Averitte.
"Some bystanders intervened, and there was a fight,"
said Maj. James Hunt, chief deputy for the Sheriff's Office. "Averitte was injured during the scuffle."
Averitte was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center and was later transferred to Duke Medical Center. He was treated for a a skull fracture
and other lacerations.
Hunt said warrants were sent to the Duke Medical Center police.
Averitte was taken before a Durham County magistrate, who set his bond. Robeson County deputies went to Durham on Wednesday afternoon to escort Averitte back to Robeson County.
Averitte's first appearance in Robeson County Superior Court is scheduled for today.
The investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges, Hunt said.