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An Emporia man was charged this morning for breaking into a Roanoke Rapids residence for victims of domestic violence and assaulting a woman who was staying there.

After the assault he fled the residence and took the victim’s vehicle and later crashed.


Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said it is not clear how 34-year-old Antwan Broadnax knew where the victim was staying.

Martin said in a statement Officer N. Powell was dispatched to the location in the city limits shortly before 3:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a man entering one of the rooms of the residence through a window and assaulting the victim, with whom he was familiar from a previous domestic situation.

The victim was treated and released with minor injuries. A child was also in the room at the time the assault occurred but was not injured, Martin said.

Broadnax had already fled when law enforcement arrived and he did so in the victim’s vehicle, taking her and her child’s phone.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, after receiving a vehicle and suspect description, located the vehicle which Broadnax was driving west on Highway 158.

Broadnax refused to stop and led deputies on a chase before he crashed in the stolen vehicle.

He was carried to a local hospital for the injuries he sustained in the collision.

The report on the crash from the sheriff’s office was not immediately available.

Roanoke Rapids police have charged Broadnax with first-degree burglary, attempted kidnapping, common law robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, and possession of stolen goods. 

According to the Halifax County Detention Center website, Broadnax was jailed without the opportunity for bond for the first-degree burglary count, received a $10,000 secured bond for a charge of flee to elude arrest and has a $75,000 secured bond for a hold placed on him by Harnett County.

He has a November 3 court date for the Halifax County charges and a November 8 court date for the Harnett County hold. 

Most recently, Broadnax had a parole term in Robeson County end last November for intimidating a witness.

Charges against him in Harnett County include an assault on a female count in September of 2017 and another assault on a female count in April of 2015 along with a charge of child abuse and resisting and officer, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records.