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One man was arrested and charged Saturday in a Thursday assault and robbery and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department is looking for a second person.

The police department also charged a person who was driving a vehicle in which the man charged in the robbery — Joshua Jonathan Jackson — was a passenger.

Chief Shane Guyant said that on Thursday around 6 p.m. officers responded to a business parking lot near Becker Village Mall after receiving a report of an assault and robbery.

The officers learned that a victim had been assaulted by two people and that an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Jackson, 36, of Roanoke Rapids, was developed as a possible suspect.

Master Officer N. Powell obtained warrants for Jackson.

On Saturday around 10 a.m. Lieutenant M. Hunsucker conducted a vehicle stop at West Thirteenth and Franklin streets for a fictitious registration plate. Jackson was a passenger in the vehicle and was taken into custody with assistance from Master Officer D. Norfleet and Officer L. Balmer.

The driver, Princess Laverne Pitt, 49, of Roanoke Rapids, was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

Jackson faces charges of felony common law robbery, felony assault by strangulation and felony conspiracy.  

Jackson remains in the Halifax County Detention Center on a $25,000 secured bond. He awaits a February 22 district court date.

Pitt was cited for driving while license revoked, fictitious registration plate, and served with a warrant from Northampton County for second-degree trespassing. 

Pitt has a pending Halifax County charge for driving with a revoked license from 2023 and is currently on probation for a 2023 misdemeanor larceny conviction in Halifax County.  She has a Thursday district court date.

Meanwhile Guyant said Jackson has a criminal and conviction record dating back to 2005 for charges that include several counts of resisting, assault on a government official, forgery and uttering.

Pitt’s criminal record dates back to 2001 and includes three DWI convictions — two in Halifax County and one in Northampton. She also has prior convictions for simple assault, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting and injury to personal property.

Anyone with information on the robbery and assault is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444 or via its website