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A man wanted in the armed robbery of a store in Essex Friday was located at a motel in Rocky Mount and transported back to Halifax County today.

Chief Deputy Scott Hall of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said this afternoon detectives responded to a tip that was forwarded which gave them the location of Rodney Lynch, 44, of Enfield. “The guys worked very well on this.”

Lynch was jailed on a $25,000 secured bond and has a November 18 court date scheduled.

Lynch not only faces charges for the Essex Family Dollar store robbery, but was charged in the robbery of a person on October 6 in the Ringwood community.

He faces charges of two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon; two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon; felony larceny; and second-degree kidnapping.

The felony larceny and kidnapping charges reflect the Ringwood area crime. The kidnapping count reflects he reportedly moved the victim from one location to another, Hall said.

Hall reported earlier this week deputies learned Lynch reportedly entered Family Dollar brandishing a long gun. 

He demanded money and fled the store once the register wasn’t allowed to be opened. No money was taken.

Lynch had been holed up in a motel off Highway 301 in Rocky Mount.

Detectives with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office along with the help of the Rocky Mount Police Department and Nash County Sheriff's Office arrested Lynch without trouble.

Child abuse

Hall also reported that on Monday deputies responded to a 911 hang up call off Buck Drive just outside of Roanoke Rapids. 

While on scene deputies learned that four juveniles 6-years-old and under were left home alone with no adult supervision. 

Detective Travis Clark arrested and charged Jaiana Fleming, 24, and Andre Daley, 19, both of Roanoke Rapids, with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of juvenile.

The pair have November 17 court dates.

Investigation determined Fleming and Daley left the children alone while at work.