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RRPD roundup: Armed robbery charge; burglary, sexual assault

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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Chuck Hasty:

Robbery suspect surrenders

On Friday at approximately 9 a.m., Tony Orlando Whitaker Jr., 27, of Enfield, came to the department and surrendered to Investigator J.K. Davis on an outstanding warrant for robbery with a dangerous weapon.  

Whitaker received a $10,000 bond and January 3 court date.

The charges stem from an investigation into an armed robbery reported on November 12 at 5:30 a.m. at RR Business Center located at Oakland Shopping Center.


Narcotics violations

On Sunday at approximately 12:30 a.m., Officer C. Batchelor was on routine patrol when he noticed an occupied vehicle parked with the engine running at the vacuum area of Sheetz.

The driver appeared to be passed out and his breathing was shallow.

Batchelor deployed Narcan and called for EMS. The driver became alert before EMS arrived.

Batchelor noticed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.

John Andrew Gray, 41, of Roanoke Rapids, refused any additional medical help or treatment and during a search of the vehicle narcotics were found.

Gray was charged with possession of heroin, possession of hydrocodone and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

He received given a $5,000 bond and January 26 court date.

Master Officer G. Morris assisted.


Burglary and sexual assault

On Saturday at approximately 6 a.m., officers responded to Halifax Regional about a burglary and rape.  

The victim was asleep at their residence on Taylor Street when they were awakened around 4:30 a.m. to a man standing over them with a weapon.

The suspect, described as a black male, raped the victim.

He was last seen leaving on foot.

Hasty declined comment on the type of weapon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator J.K. Davis at 252-533-2822 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

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