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A Roanoke Rapids man was arrested and charged in a domestic assault on a female as well as refusing to obey the orders of Roanoke Rapids police officers, according to Chief Shane Guyant.

Early this morning Sergeant C. Hagbourne and Officer C. Jacobs observed a large crowd gathered at a gas station in the area of Julian R. Allsbrook Highway. They also observed what appeared to be a domestic disturbance between a man and woman — the man later identified as 21-year-old Romelo S. Sexton of Nations Road.

The officers learned the couple was arguing over possession of a cell phone. When officers asked the couple to leave the business, Guyant said Sexton got into his vehicle and sped off, squealing tires.

Officers tried to catch up with Sexton but lost sight of him — partly due to the large number of pedestrians and vehicles.

When the officers returned to the location minutes later, they noticed that Sexton had returned and gave him several chances to leave. Guyant said Sexton became combative to the point he became physical and began fighting with Officer D. Norfleet, who had arrived to assist.

Sexton was arrested immediately for resist, delay and obstruct and second-degree trespassing. He was also charged with domestic assault on a female.

Guyant said the victim during an interview said Sexton slapped and pushed her. She turned down medical treatment.

Sexton was jailed without the opportunity for bond due to the domestic nature of the case. He has a September 1 district court date.

No officers were injured.