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A man on probation for a 2022 resisting charge faces counts stemming from a Monday afternoon domestic assault.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant said Marcel Travon Watson, 35, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and domestic violence in a case where the victim was struck on the head, punched and kicked.

Sergeant S. Langley and Lieutenant D. Newsome responded to an assault call in the area of West Fifth Street around 2 p.m.

The officers learned that Watson and the victim lived together and that the couple got into an argument while Guyant said Watson was intoxicated. 

The verbal argument escalated into a physical assault in which Watson struck the victim on the top of the head with his hand, causing a large laceration. He also punched her in the face as she was falling from the blow to the head. He continued the assault after she fell down, kicking her in the torso and the back of the head.

The victim was transported to ECU North Hospital where she was admitted for her injuries and received several staples in her head.

The officers located Watson a short time later walking out of the back of his mother’s residence and took him into custody without further trouble.

Guyant said Watson has a history of resisting arrest and assault in Halifax County.  

He was convicted in 2006 of assault inflicting serious bodily injury and convicted three times for resisting arrest in 2014, 2019, and 2022.

He was jailed without the opportunity for bond and has a February 22 district court date.