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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following:

Three people, including a juvenile, have been charged in a March 23 assault and robbery in which the victim was shot afterward.

The crime occurred shortly after 11:15 p.m. in the 1000 block of Henry Street.

Investigator Gorton Williams said officers at the time located a 33-year-old male victim who sustained a gunshot wound. Halifax EMS treated the victim at the scene and he was later transported to Vidant North.

Williams said investigators learned the victim was assaulted and robbed before he was shot.

In the gallery from lef: D. Williams and Umanzor

In what Williams described in a statement as an in-depth investigation and extensive follow-up, detectives identified Jason Edgardo Umanzor, 21, and Detrick Williams, 19, both of Roanoke Rapids. A 16-year-old juvenile has also been served petitions in the case, Chief Bobby Martin said.

Umanzor, was arrested and charged last Friday, and Detrick Williams was arrested over the weekend.

Umanzor faces charges of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill Inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, injury to personal property, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. He received a $50,000 secured bond.

Detrick Williams faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, injury to personal property, discharging a firearm in the city limits, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and resisting a public officer. 

He received a $125,000 bond. Both men have April 22 court dates.

Detrick Williams has numerous pending court dates in both district and superior court stretching into next year, according to the state court calendar.

The case remains under investigation.

Other reports

Martin reported the following:

Saturday shortly after 1:15 p.m.  Officer J. Wind responded to the area of Interstate 95 and the 173 southbound exit on a welfare check.

A person later identified as Conner Brown, 24, of New Jersey, was passed out behind the wheel 

Wind attempted to wake the driver by knocking on the glass loudly to no avail. The door was locked. Wind eventually broke the driver’s side window to gain entry. The driver didn’t wake up during that process.

As Wind began pulling the driver out he woke up and cooperated.

The officer detected the strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver. 

Lieutenant J. Baggett assisted and EMS assessed the driver. 

Brown was placed under arrest for suspicion of impaired driving.

A shotgun was concealed under the rear seat and a handgun was found.

Brown was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and driving while impaired. 

He was released and received a May 21 court date.


Saturday shortly after 2 p.m. Officer N. Powell responded to the area of the 800 block of Cedar Street on a fight call. Martin said it was determined the fight was a verbal dispute.

Powell noticed a vehicle leaving the area fitting the description and attempted to stop it. 

The driver fled from the officer and she lost sight of the vehicle in the Simmons Street area.

Powell returned to Cedar Street and was notified that Lieutenant J. Langley and Sergeant D. Newsome of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office had stopped the suspect vehicle.


Three suspects fled the vehicle and were heading towards Morgan Drive. One of them, Michael Ruth from the Jarratt area, had a fugitive warrant from Brunswick County, Virginia, for grand larceny.

Ruth, 40, was charged on the fugitive warrant and placed in the Halifax County Jail without opportunity for bond.

No further charges are pending.