Suspect arrested for threatening to shoot driver in Walmart parking dispute

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Napoleon Weems. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Napoleon Weems. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A man being sought by Fayetteville police in a December incident in the Walmart parking lot at the Fayette Pavilion is in custody. Waiting to receive a filled order, a customer was approached by the man who exited his vehicle with a handgun and threatened to open fire.

Napoleon D. Weems, 50, of Fayetteville, was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Fayetteville police on Dec. 23, 2021 at approximately 2:55 p.m. were dispatched to the Walmart store at the Fayette Pavilion in reference to an alleged verbal dispute between two customers in the parking lot.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said police met with the complainant, who remained at the scene. The complainant told the police they arrived at Walmart to pick up an online order and were told by a store associate to park and turn on their hazard light.

The complainant also told police there were no parking spots available, so they parked behind another vehicle.

“The complainant informed police the owner of the vehicle, an unknown black male subject, returned to their car and allegedly began to blow his horn and scream obscenities and told the complainant they needed to back up their vehicle,” Burdett said.

The complainant said they complied with the subject’s request and backed up their vehicle, but not to the subject’s liking. The complainant said at that point the unidentified male escalated the confrontation.

“The complainant told police the subject retreated to his vehicle, allegedly obtained a handgun, walked up to the complainant’s vehicle, pointed the handgun at the complainant and threatened to shoot the complainant,” said Burdett.

Burdett said the complainant told police an off-duty College Park police officer intervened and told the man with a pistol to leave the area, adding that the Fayette County Communications Center E-911 dispatcher could not confirm that an off-duty College Park Officer was in the area at the time of the alleged incident.

However, a witness in the area confirmed the complainant’s statement regarding the incident, and witness statements were obtained, Burdett explained.

Burdett said the Walmart video surveillance footage of the incident was captured and was provided to police.