Families give emotional responses as suspects appear in Fayetteville court

Three suspects accused of being in a rape and robbery spree appeared in a Fayetteville court Thursday. (WNCN)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Three teens charged in connection with a violent crime spree appeared before a Cumberland County judge Thursday afternoon.

The judge set Rodney Nesbitt’s bail at $1.3 million. He’s accused of robbing a man at gunpoint and stealing his Mustang on Tuesday on North Hill Road.

Then officials say he raped a 24-year-old woman near the Knights Inn.

Zaakimm Muhammud Caughman faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

Shariff Ysalaam Caughman was charged with resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer.

Also in court Thursday, a 16-year-old boy had bond set at $500,000.

Police said they committed the armed robbery together.

Following the hearing, the suspects’ families were quite emotional. The mother of Nesbitt’s child said, “I know if he does get charged for the rape, he can’t be around my daughter, ever. And this is my first and his first and it’s already been hard.”

And the mother of the Caughmans said, “My baby is innocent. He was just with the man at the wrong place at the wrong time. The dude came and picked my boys up. My boys ain’t got no guns.”

Caughman, 17, is charged with resisting arrest. He was found inside of the stolen vehicle along with Nesbitt and his younger brother when police caught them Thursday.


Nesbitt was already on probation for a misdemeanor charge.

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