Halifax sheriff: Sex offender broke into home, kidnapped 1-year-old; charged with sex crime
Posted July 6
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — 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."