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

On Sunday at approximately 8:19 p.m., officers responded to Gold Mine in Becker Village Mall about an armed robbery. When officers arrived, they spoke with staff and customers.

A man wearing a yellow coat and a hat pulled over his eyes approached the window where the cash register was and demanded money.

The suspect got money and made his way out of the business in an unknown direction.

The suspect stands around 6-feet tall and has a medium build.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Investigator O. Wiltsie at 252-533-0819 or Halifax County Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.


On Sunday at approximately 4:17 a.m., Officer S. Blythe was on patrol in the area of Hamilton Street and Julian R. Allsbrook Highway when he noticed a vehicle pull from a parking lot and the driver never activated the lights.

The driver pulled up to a stop sign and sat there for a few seconds before turning around and pulling back into a parking lot.

Blythe performed a traffic stop and encountered the driver.

Blythe reportedly smelled alcohol on the driver and located an open container in the vehicle. The driver was asked to perform sobriety tests which he did not pass.

The driver, Daundra Bynum, 21, of the Roanoke Rapids area, was placed under arrest and carried before a magistrate.

Bynum was charged with DWI and cited for driving while license revoked.

He received a $500 bond and February 25 court date.

Officer Joe DeSare assisted.  


On Saturday at approximately 7:55 p.m., Officer J Rowland and Master Officer Ryan Cross responded to Walmart about a person calling 911 from inside the store.

The officers located the person in the parking lot and tried to speak with him about his emergency.

The person, later identified as Tony Taylor, 40, of Roanoke Rapids, refused to stop for the officers so they could talk with him.

Rowland and Cross then attempted to arrest Taylor for disorderly conduct and misuse of 911. Taylor was carried before a magistrate and received a $1,000 bond and February 11 court date.


On Saturday at approximately 9:05 p.m., Blythe responded to a call at Walmart about two people shoplifting.

Blythe learned two people reportedly took merchandise out of the store and then went back inside with another basket. The men, Darrell Clements, 51, of Roanoke Rapids, and Antony Scott, 57, of Garysburg, were caught after entering the store a second time.

They were escorted to the loss prevention office.

The men reportedly concealed the merchandise in a trash can.

The merchandise included two plush toys, three packs of candy, four packs of chicken wings, four packs of hot dogs, a pack of paper towels, toilet paper and the trash can.

The total value of all the stolen merchandise was $154.42.

Clements had three outstanding orders for his arrest.

Scott was issued a uniformed citation for shoplifting and received a February 11 court date. Clements was arrested on the three outstanding orders and also charged with shoplifting. He received a $15,000 bond and February 26 court date.

Cross and Rowland assisted.