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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Captain Jamie Hardy:

Sunday, shortly before 9:30 p.m. officers responded to Presto on Julian R. Allsbrook Highway after receiving a report of a 911 hangup call.

Officers spoke with a woman who told them she and her boyfriend got into an argument. The boyfriend reportedly backed into her with a car, knocking her down and causing injuries to her head.

The boyfriend left the scene. Charges for the assault are pending.


Sunday, shortly before 8:15 p.m. officers responded to the 200 block of Monroe Street after receiving a shots fired call.

They found a male victim sitting in a chair bleeding from his head and the wound was related to the shots fired. 

The man was able to speak and was transported to Vidant North for treatment.

Despite speaking with witnesses, officers and detectives were unable to get any information from them.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.

Robbery update

James Edward Belcher III was arrested and charged with robbery and assault after reportedly taking $227 in cash from the register at Interstate BP Saturday morning.

Belcher reportedly sprayed the clerk in the face with a brake cleaner before taking the money.

Later that day he was caught on Vine Street during a traffic stop by Officer Hannah Grimes. Police discovered Belcher was allegedly the same person observed in video from the store.

Belcher has a June 3 court date for the robbery charges.

He also has a May 6 court date in Halifax County for misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor possession of stolen goods and a June 8 court date for driving while license revoked and having an open container of alcohol.

The clerk who was sprayed did not require medical treatment, police said Saturday.