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HCSO roundup: Domestic vehicle assault; motorcycle chase

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported the following, according to Chief Deputy Scott Hall:

On January 1 around 11 a.m., the sheriff’s office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a motor vehicle collision on Arcola Road with an injury.

Trooper Preston Dennis began investigating the collision and later learned it may have been an intentional act of domestic violence assault.

Detective S. Bryant and Dennis continued their investigation which led to criminal charges for the driver of one of the vehicles, Yenetta Parker Purnell, 52, of Roanoke Rapids.

Purnell was arrested today by Bryant and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

She was jailed without opportunity for bond and has a February 21 court date.

The victim is in stable condition and continues  to receive medical treatment at a nearby trauma center.


On Thursday around 4:30 p.m., Lieutenant Josh Langley observed three motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 95 southbound near Highway 903.

Langley initiated a traffic stop and activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the motorcycles for the traffic violation.

Langley pursued the motorcycles on Highway 903. Speeds reached more than 115 miles per hour.

After the brief pursuit, one of the motorcycles riders stopped on Three Bridges Road near Highway 903.

Langley arrested and charged Zequan Ramon Arrington, 26, of Roanoke Rapids, with flee to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, and expired registration.

Arrington received a $1,000 secured bond and February 21 court date.


On January 31 deputies responded to a larceny which occurred in the Ringwood area of Enfield. Through further investigation by detective R.B. Biggerstaff, warrants were obtained on Jamonte Green, 23, of Enfield.

Green was arrested Thursday and charged with larceny and possession of stolen goods.

He received a $2,000 bond and February 14 court date.

The investigation reveals a TV and electronics were stolen at the time of the theft. The items have been located.


On November 30, deputies responded to a residence in the Highway 48 area of Roanoke Rapids in response to a larceny of a check from a mailbox.

Through further investigation by Biggerstaff, warrants were obtained on Veronica Arrington, 46, of Roanoke Rapids.

Arrington was arrested January 29 and charged with forgery of endorsement, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretense.

She has a court date of February 14.

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