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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Wednesday around 10 p.m., Officer Hayden Marshall received a call about a suspicious person in the area of Eagle Court. 

She noticed three people at Long and Chestnut streets — two riding bikes and one walking. One on the bike and the one walking were carrying TVs with metal stands. 

Marshall got out to find out why they were walking at this time of night and why they were carrying televisions. The answers given were not convincing and Marshall, with assistance from Sergeant J. Spragins, investigated further.

The officers discovered after receiving a call the items came from a break-in at the former La Tolteca building off Tenth Street.

Two involved were juveniles from the Weldon area and the other was identified as Darius Hawkins, 17, from the Roanoke Rapids area. 

The juveniles will be charged with breaking and entering of a structure, larceny after committing a breaking and entering, and resist, delay and obstruct for giving false information to officers. Hawkins was arrested and carried before a magistrate. He faces the same counts as the juveniles and was jailed on $4,000 bond with an October 11 court date. 

The juveniles were released to their guardians and juvenile petitions will be obtained. There may be further charges pending on those involved as investigations continue into other break-ins in the area.


Thursday around 9:30 p.m., Sergeant J. Hardy was in the area of Fairfax Motel investigating numerous complaints about drugs and potential prostitution. 

Members of the PACE Team —  J. DeSare and B. Council — along with narcotics agent C. Babb were also in the area to assist. 

While officers were following up and finishing up a traffic stop, they received a call about a suspicious person trying to hide from them behind Lloyds and C&W, which have had issues with thefts in the past.

DeSare spotted the person. The person attempted to flee from officers but was apprehended behind Lloyds.

A handgun and a door key to one of the rooms at Fairfax Motel was found. 

Jonathan Pilgrim, 33, from Roanoke Rapids, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, alter the serial number on a gun, possess a gun with altered serial number, and resist delay and obstruct.

He received a $ 2,500 bond.

“Officers with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department will continue to check the local motels in regards to drugs and other criminal complaints,” Martin said. “I want the citizens and business owners to know that we follow up on all drug complaints we receive and we have said it before if you sell drugs in the city limits of Roanoke Rapids, we will find you and you will be charged.”

He also said the police department is willing to work with motel management to address the issues and find ways to curtail problems. “I feel confident we can work together to address the issues.”


Thursday shortly after 10 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Raleigh Street about a man with a gun.

They encountered a boyfriend and girlfriend at the home. 

Officers learned the man was armed with an AK-47 during the assault of a woman at the home. Martin said the woman was struck in the head with the weapon.

Jermine Tyson, 26, of Roanoke Rapids, was identified as was Jimia McClurkin, 32. They assaulted one another, Martin said.

Tyson was charged with assault by strangulation, assault on a female, and assault with a deadly weapon.

He was jailed without opportunity for bond as was McClurkin.

McClurkin was charged with simple assault.

Officer D. Newsome investigated and made charges in the case.

Hardy, Babb, and Spragins assisted.