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

Tuesday shortly before 5:30 p.m. narcotics Agent C. Babb was in the area of Waldo Street when he recognized a person who has been known to sell drugs.

The person, later identified as 22-year-old Katoe Harris Jr. of Roanoke Rapids, was also known to be driving with no license, Martin said.

Babb saw the vehicle leave the area and attempted to stop it due to Harris having a revoked license. 

Harris refused to stop and continued on Bolling Road and was reportedly throwing items out.

He continued to run stop signs and stop lights as he headed to Zoo Road and Highway 158 where he turned and headed back into Roanoke Rapids.

Harris continued through the area of the 158-48 intersection and continued to run red lights and failed to stop for blue lights and siren. 

He went through Old Farm Road and was finally pulled over at the Julian R. Allsbrook Highway Hardee’s.

Harris was taken into custody without trouble and taken to the police department.

A check of the vehicle showed signs of marijuana, fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.

Harris was carried before a magistrate and was charged with flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resist delay and obstruct, improper passing, fail to heed for blue lights and siren, and driving while license revoked. 

He received a $20,000 bond and has a September 2 court date.

Martin said no booking photo was available.


Wednesday around 1 p.m. Master Officer H. Grimes and Officer J. Melvin were dispatched to Walmart on a shoplifting call.

The officers met with loss prevention, which had detained Tiffany Woodruff, 32, of Emporia.

Officers located two lighters, a tank top, necklace and earrings. They also found .9 grams of cocaine and a crack pipe.

Woodruff was carried before a magistrate where she was charged with possession of schedule II, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She received a $1,500 bond and September 2 court date.

Meanwhile, Martin said a second person — Percy Atkins, 48, of Emporia — attempted to flee as officers were arriving.

Officer C. Walker attempted to stop the man for suspicion of shoplifting. Atkins became irate and ran.

He was pursued on foot and eventually caught behind Jersey Mike’s.

Atkins had an outstanding warrant from Northampton County and was charged with the domestic warrant and resist, delay, and obstruct.

He received a $500 bond for the Roanoke Rapids charge and was placed on a domestic hold on the Northampton County charge.

Martin said no booking photos of Woodruff and Atkins were available.