Fayetteville man gets prison time for carjacking soldier

By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: January 11, 2020

NEW BERN (Tribune News Service) — A Fayetteville man was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised probation, on carjacking and firearms charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Antonio Tapia Domena, Jr., 22, of Fayetteville was indicted on Nov. 27, 2018, on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence. Domena pleaded guilty to carjacking and the firearms charge on Aug. 13.

Police said that on July 23, 2018, three men approached a female soldier during the early morning hours as she was returning to her apartment. One of them had a firearm and pushed the soldier to the ground and demanded her belongings. A second man stole her purse and stole her car keys, Korean currency, and cellphone.

The men then stole the soldier's vehicle, which had military gear and personal belongings in it. The vehicle was stopped by a Fayetteville Police Department officer, and the three men fled on foot.

Officers arrested Domena. When searching him, they found a stolen .38 caliber revolver, along with an unknown amount of Korean currency and $116 in U.S. currency.

The case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings law enforcement agencies together to to reduce violent.

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