Between March 28 of last year and his arrest Tuesday, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department has charged Henry Kareem Franklin, 32, five times for indecent exposure, according to department records. Within that time he has also been charged with resist, delay and obstruct and assault and sexual battery.
The arrest Tuesday came after Sergeant D. Jenkins responded to a business in the 1900 block of Julian R. Allsbrook Highway around 1:30 a.m. for a call of a person exposing himself.
An employee said Franklin exposed his sex organ and masturbated. He fled when the employee confronted him.
Investigator G.L. Williams followed up on the report by obtaining the video surveillance and identified Franklin. He obtained a warrant for indecent exposure and Officer C. Batchelor located Franklin in the 200 block of Premier Boulevard around 8:45 p.m. He was served the warrant and received a $5,000 bond with a May 2 court date.
Asked why Franklin has been arrested so many times for the same crime, Hasty said this morning, “I think he’s got a mental health issue that needs to be addressed. I think he should be mandated by the court for mental health treatment because he’s been arrested by us for the same type of call and we don’t want it to progress to a more serious crime.”
In another matter, Hasty reported on Tuesday at approximately 9 p.m., Master Officer G. Morris received information on the location of two people with outstanding warrants.
Ashlie Ann Baggett, 27, of Jackson, and Mark Anthony Peterson Jr., 27, of Roanoke Rapids, were located in the 1100 block of East Tenth Street and taken into custody without trouble.
Baggett was charged with larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm. She received a $4,000 bond and April 26 court date.
Peterson was charged with larceny of a firearm, possession of stolen firearm, unauthorized use of a vehicle and served orders for arrest for probation violation.
He received a $7,000 bond and April 26 court date.
The charges for larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen firearm stem from an investigation by Captain B. Burnette with the Jackson Police Department.
The charge for unauthorized use was taken out by a private citizen.
Sergeant M. Peck assisted.