Police investigate suspicious vehicle fire


From Staff Reports

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rocky Mount police are helping to investigate a suspicious fire that destroyed a vehicle on Tuesday.

Police responded to reports of the vehicle fire about 8 p.m. Tuesday on the 4300 block of Layola Avenue. When the arrived, they found a 2004 Honda Civic belonging to Dominick Montrell Whitaker on fire. After a preliminary investigation, Rocky Mount police called in an arson investigator.

Cpl. Mike Lewis of the Rocky Mount Police Department said the vehicle received heavy damage and police are still investigating the incident as a suspicious fire.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.

Rocky Mount police also investigated the following incidents this week:


23-year-old woman on the 2500 block of Marshall Lane.

52-year-old woman on the 400 block of Cascade Avenue.

70-year-old woman on the 1300 block of Green Tee Lane.

43-year-old woman on the 1800 block of Toms Trail.


73-year-old man robbed at gunpoint on the 3000 block of North Church Street; stolen, wallet and cash.


500 block of North Winstead Avenue; stolen; purse and contents.

1700 block of South Wesleyan Boulevard; stolen, car batteries.

1300 block of West Raleigh Boulevard; stolen, beer.


1200 block of Liberty Street; stolen, video game systems, cell phone, tablet, headphones, alcoholic beverages.

500 block of Arrington Avenue; stolen, video game system, accessories and cash.

100 block of King Richard Court; stolen, television and audio equipment.


2016 Kia on the 1000 block of Johnson Street.


2007 Honda Accord on the 600 block of English Road.

Mailbox on the 500 block of Arrington Avenue.

Mailbox on the 500 block of Nelson Street.

Gas meter, regulator and riser on the 500 block of West Thomas Street.


1400 block of Hunter Street; damaged, baby formula.

1200 block of Parham Street; damaged, 2010 Kia Forta.

1300 block of Huffines Avenue; damaged, door.

2400 block of Pinetree Lane; damaged, 2003 Ford Taurus and 1998 Ford F150.

100 block of East Raleigh Boulevard; damaged, 2001 Oldsmobile Alero.