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Two residents of a Belville rooming
house are accused of trying to kill a another
tenant by pouring cleaning fluid down his
throat after he passed out from drinking, a
Brunswick County Sheriff's Department de
tective said Monday.
The victim. Terry Davis, 40. was found
badly beaten, unconscious and bleeding
from the mouth by a Wilmington Police offi
cer on patrol near a city park Tuesday morn
ing (Oct. 12). according to Detective Steve
Davis was recently released from New
Hanover Regional Medical Center after
spending two days in intensive care. Mason
said Doctors feared he had suffered severe
internal injuries during the assault.
In his statement to police, Davis said he
had been drinking with two other residents
ot the Holiday Lodge rooming house when
he "got more drunk than the others and
Witnesses say the two men went through
Davis's wallet, stole some papers and found
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a card thai led them to believe he was a po
lice informant. Mason said.
"They started cussing at him and saying
they ought to kill him and throw him in the
river," Mason said. "The witnesses believed
they were serious."
After beating Davis with fists and elbows,
one of the men put detergent into a drinking
glass. The witnesses told Mason that while
one man held Davis's head back, the other
one poured the contents of the
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I wo of the w itnesses said they ran. while
the third said he tried to stop the two men
from hurting Davis. He told Mason that he
left after Davis "threw up bkx)d."
The two men removed a watch, jacket and
tennis shoes from Davis before carrying him
to a vehicle and driving him to Wilmington.
There they Ik- at him further and dumped his
body in a park. Mason said.
"He was black-and-blue from head to
toe." said Mason.
Two days later. Detective Ken Messer ar
rested Valdez Whitmore, 2X. and Douglas
Franklin Lacy. 2l>. and charged them in the
assault. More charges were added Friday.
Mason said one of the men was wearing
Dav is's shoes at the time of his arrest.
I uicv and Whitmore have been charged
with first degree kidnapping, assault with a
deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting
serious injury and common law robbery.
They were beinp held in Brunswick County
Jail in lieu of SSs.(MM) bond Monday.
Detective Ready To Arrest Rapists.
But Victim Won't Cooperate
A 28-year-old Wilmington wo
f raped b-v ,w? men who
forced her into a car at gunpoint as
, lned telephone for help after
yctiinj. a Hat tire outside U-land ear
ly I nday morning, according to a
crime report on file a. the Brunswick
< ounty Sheriff's office Monday.
Although the woman recognized
her attackers, she has refused to give
heir names to police. Sheriff s
Detective Steve Mason said
'I believe she was raped at least
lw.ee hy two men. But she won't tell
us who did it." Mason said. "I have
?wo suspects, hut she is reluctant to
give me the information I need to
make an arrest. If she would cooper
ate. wc d pick them up tonight "
The woman told personnel at
New Hanover Regional Medical
Renter that she was driving home
from U-land at about 4:30 a m
when she had car trouble near the
Phoenix Minit Mart.
While talking to her sister on a
pay phone, the woman said she was
confronted hy four black men in a
white Nissan. As two of the men
slapped her around and sexually as
saulted her." the incident report says
one of then put a gun to her head
and forced her into the car.
The woman said she was taken to
a dirt road near the DuPont Co. con
struction entrance and raped bv two
of the men.
Her sister told Mason she picked
v,clim "P at the convenience
store, brought her home to
Wilmington and called a rape crisis
counselor, who met the two at the
In other crime reports on file at
the sheriff's office Monday:
?Detective Gene Caison investi
gated the reported rape of a 12-year
old Conway. S.C., girl alleged to
have occurred at a mobile home in
Heritage Haven, between Sunset
Beach and Calabash, on Oct. 12.
I he victim s stepfather reported that
S'rl ,ollJ him an 18-year-old man
had sex with her after giving her
straight shots of vodka," the report
said. The victim is now with her fa
ther in Charlotte.
?A 52-year-old Lumberton man
told Sgt. Gene Browning that he was
kidnapped at gunpoint in Columbus
C ounty and torced to drive to
Calabash Friday. The victim said
two black men armed with a .38 cal
iber revolver and a .22-caliber pistol
abducted him at about 9:15 a.m. and
made him drive to the parking lot of
a Calabash bank and surrender his
? hey then foiccu iiic victim
to drive to several locations in Horry
County (S.C.) to cash checks," the
report said. After making the man
cash a check at a Shallotte super
market, the men forced him to drive
them to a shed in Longwood, an
abandoned building police say is
frequented by drug users. The man
was turned loose at about 6:30 p.m.
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year-old boyfriend at Clem's Mobile
Home Park in Leland Saturday
night. The girl told Deputy Richard
la)ng that everything seemed fine
between the two when "all of a sud
den (her boyfriend) started shouting
and picked up a metal pipe and start
ed beating (her) about the body, re
sulting in a broken arm." She was
also reportedly hit on the head.
During a hospital interview, the vic
tim told a detective that she was
pregnant with her boyfriend's child
and that he was aware of the fact at
the time of the assault.
?About $4,000 worth of jewelry
was stolen from a woman who lives
in the Shasta Lane Apartments in
Leland Friday. She told l-ong that
she came home at about 5:30 p.m.
and immediately gut into the show
er. While dressing afterwards, she
noticed that her jewelry was gone.
Reported missing were three gold
chains, three gold and diamond rings
and a charm bracelet. She later
found that her car stereo had been
?Someone threw a rock through
the back door glass at a home on
Bavberry Circle in Calabash last
weekend and stole a color television
and radio cassette player valued at
about $900. Deputy Phil Bryant re
ported that the thief apparently cut
himself on broken glass while open
ing the door. Blood was found there
and on walls and light switches in
side. Damage was estimated at
?More than $100 worth of beer
and other small items were stolen
during a break-in at a marina on
Cedar Landing Road. Molden
Beach. Thursday night. The owner
told deputy Rebekah McDonald that
she did not see anything unusual
when she opened the business
Friday morning. Later, she noticed
that a vent at the rear of the store
didn't look right. "She placed her
foot against it and it fell to the out
side of the store." The thief appar
ently entered there and stole four
six-packs of beer, a styrofoam cool
er. candy, a fish scale, four cartons
of cigarettes, three rain ponchos and
a package of batteries.
?Someone caused an estimated
$10,000 damage to a truck tractor
parked at a local service station
Thursday night. Deputy Randy
Robinson found three windows and
six gauges broken, possibly by gun
fire. The owner reported that the
truck had been driven about 120 feet
and left with the engine running
overnight, causing it to "possibly
?Four young men tore the door
off a bathroom at the welcome cen
ter on U.S. 17 outside Shallotte
Saturday night. The janitor said he
was cleaning the men's room at
about 10:30 when he heard "laugh
ter and a loud noise." He came out
to see the door knocked off its
hinges and four males running to
ward a vehicle, which then sped off.
Deputy Matthew Jesson estimated
the damage at $200.
?A color television, a Nintendo
and assorted video games were
stolen from a home on Ixland
School Road Friday night. The vic
tim told Deputy William llcwett that
the Ihief apparently came in through
the front door, which was found
standing open when she discovered
the burglary early Saturday morn
ing. A neighbor reported seeing
someone at her home at about 10:30
on the night of the theft. The stolen
property was valued at about $565.
?Someone stole a I '>7 1 Ford
Maverick from the front yard of a
home in Cloverleaf mobile home
park. Lcland, Thursday night.
Deputy Brian Sanders estimated its
value at $300.
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