A 30-year-old man with a prior record — including for committing a sex offense — is charged by Rocky Mount police with committing felony second-degree kidnapping last month, records said.

Bobby Ray Lewis III is accused of confining Sara Alice Marie Black for the purpose of terrorizing her, Edgecombe County District Court records said.

Additionally, Lewis is charged by Rocky Mount police with committing misdemeanor assault on a female because he allegedly pulled one of Black’s arms, causing bruising, the records said.

Officers responded at 8:43 a.m. on May 17 to the 2300 block of Meadowbrook Road in East Rocky Mount, a police incident report said.

Specifically, officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance and found out from the woman that her boyfriend, Lewis, had taken her cell phone and would not allow her to leave, police Cpl. Ricky Jackson said in a brief news release.

Lewis’ bond was set at $5,000, unsecured, with the terms of the bond making clear he cannot be within 500 feet of Black or her residence while the case is pending, Edgecombe County District Court records said. The bond is unsecured due to Lewis having a medical condition.

In North Carolina, an unsecured bond means an accused person does not have to come up with money to post a bond to avoid being jailed. If the accused fails to appear in court for a hearing, then the court can order the accused to pay the amount of that bond.

Lewis also is charged by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office with committing felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury because on April 29 he attacked George Russell Thomas with a closed fist, Edgecombe County District Court records said.


Those records said Lewis also is charged by the sheriff’s office with committing felony failure to notify the last registering sheriff of a change of address on March 9, as he is required to do as a convicted sex offender.

Nash County District Court records said Lewis is charged by Rocky Mount police with felony obtaining property by false pretense on Oct. 8, 2020.

According to the Nash County District Court records, Lewis defrauded Alexis Davis of $96 by gaining access to her Chime bank account information with a phone she sold him and by using the information to fraudulently transfer the funds from that account.

State Public Safety records also said Lewis was convicted in 2018 in Nash County of attempted failure to provide notification of a change of address.

As for why Lewis is a sex offender, the public safety records said he was convicted in 2013 in Nash County for taking indecent liberties with a child.

The public safety records also show Lewis was convicted in the following years in the following counties for the following offenses:

  • In 2018 in Edgecombe County for obstructing justice.
  • In 2016 in Nash County for larceny.
  • In 2015 in Edgecombe County for resisting an officer.

Lewis had listed an address in the 500 block of Clyde Street, Edgecombe County District Court records said.