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38 fugitives arrested in Rocky Mount

Posted November 20, 2015

— Thirty-eight fugitives were arrested and nearly 100 warrants were served Friday in Rocky Mount as a result of Operation Justitia.

The operation began Wednesday morning and included officers from numerous agencies who spread out across the city and the nearby areas of Nash and Edgecombe counties with the goal of apprehending people wanted on a variety of charges.

“This round-up is just another indication of how different departments working together can be successful,” said Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight. “These operations benefit our citizens as far as hopefully helping them sleep a little better at night knowing some of these offenders are actually off the streets.”

Significant arrests included:

Matthew Lewis Simms, 23, wanted in Halifax County on a murder charge.

Corleon Andra Augustine, 18, wanted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, injury to personal property and felony conspiracy.

Hector Xavier Rivera-Torres, 28, wanted in Puerto Rico on a parole violation for a homicide conviction.


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  • King Mopar Nov 21, 2015
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    Wow, imagine that. Guess region has something to do with it. Here are the actual numbers: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-43

  • Reggie Berryman Nov 20, 2015
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    Call it like it is...38 black guys arrested!

  • Tom Laurence Nov 20, 2015
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    Great Job Law Enforcement. Wow..... what's going on in Rocky Mt?

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 20, 2015
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    Not "become". Was already. That is why I am never caught without my trusty Smith & Wesson.

  • Ron Kemp Nov 20, 2015
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    38 fugitives? Sounds like Rocky Mount has become the new Brazil.