Two men were arrested Sunday night from charges which stemmed from a fight between them.
In the gallery: Santiago, left, and Hawkins
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said this morning the two men — Edward Santiago, 28, and Roscoe Hawkins, 37, both of Roanoke Rapids, knew one another. He said there was beef between them although the exact nature of the dispute was not clear.
In a statement Martin said officers responded to Jimmy’s Store on Roanoke Avenue around 9 p.m. after receiving a report of a fight between the two men.
As they were responding, officers were told one of the men had a gun and was pointing it at the other person.
Officer J. Wind spoke with one of the people reportedly involved in the dispute and while talking to that witness the other man walked back to the scene. Officers checked this man after receiving information he was in possession of a gun.
Santiago and Hawkins began arguing again and both were arrested.
Santiago had a knife in his pocket and while no gun was found on Hawkins at the time, Martin said video footage reportedly showed Hawkins had a gun and pointed it at Santiago.
Santiago was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. He received a $1,000 bond and January 29 court date.
Hawkins was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, assault by pointing a gun and disorderly conduct. He received a $5,000 bond and January 29 court date.
As of this report the weapon had not been recovered.