Local News

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

Posted July 6, 2017 6:15 a.m. EDT
Updated July 6, 2017 6:06 p.m. EDT

— 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."