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Repeat arrest

JACKSON – Despite a legal “no contact” order, a local man is back behind bars once again, charged with the same crimes he originally committed two months ago.

Rahsem Perry, 25 of Colerain, was arrested Jan. 13 by the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants in Northampton County.

Those arrest warrants charged Perry with breaking and entering with intent to injure and terrorize, second degree kidnapping, assault on a child under 12 years old, and communicating threats.

According to Captain Patrick Jacobs of the Northampton Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, the warrants were obtained as a result of a complaint by a victim of a Jan. 6 crime. That victim, from Potecasi, alleged that Perry broke into their residence and terrorized her and a child.

Jacobs said that Perry was already out on bond from a previous criminal encounter with the same victim back in November of 2016.

“Per his (bond) release orders (from the Nov. 2016 crime), Perry was not supposed to have no contact with the victim by any means,” Jacobs noted in a press release.

Perry is currently in the Northampton County Jail under a $400,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Northampton County District Court on Feb. 16 to answer the newest charges against him.

“This case is still being investigated and more warrants are expected to be obtained within the next week,” Jacobs said.

“I encourage all of our citizens to call 911 when their lives, or their children, or anyone else’s life is threatened by others,” said Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith. “We at the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office take domestic violence very serious and we are committed to doing all that we can legally do to protect others.

“I would like to thank Captain Patrick Jacobs for his prompt effort in handling this case and I would like to thank Bertie County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in apprehending this subject,” Smith added.

In November 2016, Perry was arrested by Jacobs and served warrants for two counts of second degree kidnapping, one count of first degree burglary, two counts of communicating threats, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, two counts of assault on a female, two counts of injury to personal property, and one count of possession of a firearm by felon.

According to the arrest report from that time, NCSO Sgt. Collier and Deputy M. Walton responded at approximately 4:48 a.m. on Nov. 2 to a residence off Potecasi Lane in Potecasi, reference a breaking and entering in progress.

Due to the quick response of Sgt. Collier, he was able to locate Perry inside the residence hiding inside a closet.

Capt. Jacobs and Sgt. D. Shephard were called out to assist with investigation of home invasion. The female occupant detailed that Perry, her ex-boyfriend broke into the house through a window while she was asleep and chased her out the door while in possession of a handgun. After catching up to the victim she was pulled back to the residence.

The arrest report at that time noted that the female occupant and Perry have an extensive history of domestic violence and domestic calls to the residence. There was an active domestic violence ex-parte out against Perry previously taken out by the female victim a week prior to Nov. 2. Upon investigation by Jacobs, Perry was charged in November with breaking and entering with intent to terrorize and injure, possession of firearm by convicted felon, second degree kidnapping, assault by pointing a gun, injury to personal property, communicating threats, and assault on a female.

Upon his arrest in November, Perry received an automatic 48 hour domestic violence hold and eventually received a $550,000 secured bond, which was later posted.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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