Joint effort helps snare suspects
BY AMELIA HARPER
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The combined efforts of Rocky Mount police, community members and other law enforcement agencies resulted in the timely arrest of three suspects who are charged with breaking into a home Thursday on Drexel Road .
About 11:29 a.m. Thursday, Rocky Mount police were called to the 500 block of Drexel Road after a resident called to say that her home was being broken into. By the time officers responded, the suspects had fled, apparently after realizing that someone was still in the home, said Rocky Mount police Cpl. Brad Summerlin.
Officers immediately set up a perimeter and called the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to gain assistance from a K-9 unit to help search the area. A canvas of the neighborhood revealed neighbors who provided information that aided police.
“Based on community support and information, we were about to narrow down the search area,” Summerlin said. “We also enlisted the support of our criminal investigation division and a school resource officer. With this help and these tools, we were able to locate the suspects and make three arrests in connection with the crime.”
Police arrested Kalin Marquez Pitt, 17, and Javaera William Gaudin, 18, both of Rocky Mount and charged them with felony breaking and entering. They each were jailed under $10,000 bonds in the Nash County Detention Center. Another suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile student at Rocky Mount High School, was arrested on a juvenile petition and released to the custody of a parent.
Summerlin said police had increased their presence in the community in recent weeks because of several break-ins in the area. Other charges may be pending as the investigation continues.
“This was great police work and a great example of what can be accomplished if we use all the tools we have available and have the support of the community in helping us gain information,” Summerlin said.
Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis said the incident also demonstrates the renewed commitment that interim Police Chief Willie Williams has to protecting the community and reducing crime.
“The chief is aggressively seeking solutions to crime in the area by using all the tools at our disposal and working with other agencies,” Lewis said. “When the community remains alert and helps provide information, it also helps makes our communities safer.”
Summerlin said police and community members need to work together because they both should have the best interests of the community in mind.
“The police are part of the community and the community is part of the police effort,” Summerlin said.