Last Thursday, an alarming assault and robbery unfolded in the parking lot of the now-closed Becker Village Mall in Roanoke Rapids, prompting authorities to launch a search for one suspect who remains at large.
According to a news release from the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, the incident occurred around 6 p.m. in a parking area adjacent to the shuttered mall, located at 1620 E 10th St. During the altercation, two assailants attacked the victim and forcibly took cash from them, with the victim also suffering injuries from being strangled.
One of the suspects involved in the crime, identified as Joshua Johnathan Jackson, aged 36 and a resident of Roanoke Rapids, was apprehended on Saturday at approximately 10 a.m. Police detained Jackson after stopping a vehicle with a fake registration, leading to his arrest.
However, the authorities are still seeking the second suspect, whose identity remains unknown. Described as a slender male wearing a black hoodie with the word “Polo” inscribed on it, this individual is wanted in connection with the assault and robbery.
Joshua Johnathan Jackson faces serious charges in relation to the incident, including felony common law robbery, felony assault by strangulation, and felony conspiracy. He was assigned a bond of $25,000.
The Roanoke Rapids Police Department urges anyone with information regarding the unidentified suspect to contact Halifax County NC Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444. This call for assistance underscores the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to bring all individuals involved in the crime to justice.