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Halifax sheriff: Sex offender broke into home, kidnapped 1-year-old; charged with sex crime

Posted July 6

— A Roanoke Rapids man who is a registered sex offender was arrested on Wednesday after authorities said he broke into a home, kidnapped a 1-year-old child and committed a sex crime.

Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said Alexander Jamond Ezell, 25, broke into the front door of a Roanoke Rapids home and took a child.

The child was later found at Ezell's home and was taken to Halifax Regional Medical Center.

The baby had been seriously injured and sexually assaulted.

Deputies using K-9 officers later found Ezell hiding in the woods behind his home.

Ezell was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, attempted statutory rape, abduction of a child, indecent liberties with a minor, injury to real property and resisting arrest. He was jailed under a $505,000 secured bond.

Ezell was originally convicted in 2009 for a 2005 crime, when he was 13 and the victim was 5 years old.

"We had checked on him four times in 2017," Tripp said. "The last time we checked on him was June 27."


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  • Edward Anderson Jul 7, 12:37 p.m.
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    "accused" If they're accused, you want them removed from society? What about "innocent until proven guilty"?

    I agree with Theresa though that anyone found guilty of sexual offenses against a child should be immediately castrated.

  • Teresa Howard Jul 7, 11:51 a.m.
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    Unfortunately there is no proper justice for any sex crime. No matter what happens to the predator the victims will always have the physical and mental scars for life . When someone is accused once of it never let them back into society to prey on another victim. So tired of hearing that they had multiple convictions but did there time so had to let go. Victims don't heal in time its a life sentence for them.

  • Wayne Hill Jul 7, 10:06 a.m.
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    Misdemeanors are put on the registry if it is sexual battery. But your right juvenile deeds often do not lead to adult registration. The registry needs to be reformed. They are putting way too many people on there, who are not violent or who are not pedophiles. Rape is a felony and a violent act, those people should be on the registry. Pedophilia is a psychopathic behavior, and those people will not change, they should be on the registry. But little Billy at 17, getting a naked selfie, from his puppy love of 15, does not need to be on the registry. Law enforcement does not need to be expending their valuable time on keeping up with the whereabouts of little Billy.

    However, the piece of filth that did this dastardly act, needed to have a satellite monitor on his ankle.

    Sigh, but a least we are safe from little Billy.

  • Trisha Davis Jul 6, 10:26 p.m.
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    He won't be on the registry, he was 13 the last time he did this type of crime in 2005 and it was considered a misdemeanor. His record is on the NCDOC site

  • Donald Holder Jul 6, 8:11 p.m.
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    I looked and I didn't find him on the registry. This man needs to be beaten.

  • Mary Meadows Jul 6, 7:58 p.m.
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    What he did was horrific- that goes without saying. However, it appears that LEO's were able to quickly hone in on this individual and recover the infant ALIVE. I am grateful that this isn't one of those cases where a child is missing and the parents go one wondering forever or they find the child and it is too late. Not enough details provided surrounding how they got to him so quickly but I am grateful that they did and those parents are dealing with a child who has been grieviously injured instead of dead. He should never see the outside of a prison cell again. Once again this shows that individuals who are child predators do not change. He had a prior in ident that occurred when he was a very young man and it appears he was just a ticking bomb in the interim.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Jul 6, 6:13 p.m.
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    Many comments, no answer to this serious problem in the US and World Wide. I know you say put them out of their misery, but until it's your Family member.

  • Quid Malmborg Jul 6, 5:57 p.m.
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    ^^^ Can't ignore the fact that some guy wearing a Santa Claus outfit posted that. This country is truly circling the drain with that sort of mentality out there. ^^^

  • Quid Malmborg Jul 6, 5:51 p.m.
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    And then what, let him back into society so he can vent his frustrations as a killer rather than a pedophile? Keep him in jail, castrated, three hots and a cot, all at the taxpayers' expense?

    No. It's a case like this that does call for capital punishment. Make him dig his own grave first, then dispatch him. Should be simple enough.

  • Norman Lewis Jul 6, 5:20 p.m.
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    Send him to Iran, they don't seem to have too much trouble determining what should be done with this sort of degenerate behavior. I don't agree with most of what they do but in this case, I would heartily support a one way ticket.