Arrest made in break-in

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, January 19, 2011

JACKSON — An arrest has been made in a recent home break-in near here which forced a armed homeowner to defend herself.

Dexter Lamont Deloatch

According to Northampton County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Brenda Burnette, Dexter Lamont Deloatch, 36, was arrested Friday evening by Garysburg Police. Burnette said Deloatch is from the Roanoke Rapids area and has family ties to Northampton County.

Deloatch is suspected of breaking into a home near Jackson on Jan. 10 and startling the female homeowner. The victim shot at the suspect with a semi-automatic handgun and missed.

Burnette said on Friday she received a phone call from the victim who spotted Deloatch by happenstance in a location in the Jackson area

“The victim identified the suspect at a location when she saw him,” Burnette said.

When the suspect left the location in a vehicle, the victim was able to get the license plate number and provided it to Burnette.

“She did not know which direction the vehicle went,” she said.

Burnette said a bulletin was put out for the vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies in the county.

Garysburg Police Officer Melvin Garner later spotted the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and took Deloatch into custody.

Deloatch was charged with first degree burglary. He was placed in the Northampton County Jail on a $15,000 secured bond. Burnette said he posted bond and is expected in court for his first appearance on Thursday.