Officers responded to an assault report on West Fifth Street, where Marcel Travon Watson, 35, assaulted a woman with whom he had a cohabitating dating relationship. The incident occurred around 2 p.m., and Watson, who was intoxicated, engaged in a physical altercation with the woman following an argument. He struck her on the head, causing a large laceration, and punched her in the face as she fell to the floor. Watson continued the assault by kicking her in the torso and back of the head while she was on the ground.
The victim sustained injuries that required admission to ECU North Hospital. Sergeant S. Langley and Officer M. Morris located Watson walking out of his mother’s residence and took him into custody. Watson faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, and domestic violence. Due to the domestic violence nature of the crime, Watson was denied bond, and his court date is scheduled for Feb. 22.
It’s noted that Watson has a history of resisting arrest and assault in Halifax County. In 2006, he was convicted of assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and he has three convictions for resisting arrest in 2014, 2019, and 2022. Currently on probation for the 2022 resisting charge, Watson’s criminal record indicates a pattern of violent behavior and resistance to law enforcement. The recent incident underscores the need for addressing domestic violence issues and implementing appropriate legal measures to protect victims from repeat offenders.