Roanoke Rapids Police Department

At approximately 6:43 p.m. on Tuesday, Officer T. Acree with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department was dispatched to Walmart in regard to a female who took property without paying for it.

According to a press release from Chief Bobby Martin, upon arriving at the business, Officer Acree spoke with management and was directed to where the female went with a cart full of Walmart property. Officer Acree was led to the area of Mullen Drive behind Walmart when he heard noises coming from the back of a shed. Acree headed in that direction and saw the 43-inch TV on the ground and the female, later identified as Jalissa Shawney Slade, 31, of Enfield, running toward Fourth Avenue. The suspect’s description was given to other officers in the area. Officer Acree collected the TV and headed toward the area where Slade ran when Sgt. M. Worrell advised she had a subject running from her near Cloud 9.

Officer Acree headed to Sgt. Worrell and was able to make contact with the subject that ran and identified him as Jermaine Hockaday, 37, from the Roanoke Rapids area. Hockaday had no involvement in the larceny from Walmart, but ran when he saw law enforcement in the area. Hockaday did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. Once Officer Acree had him in custody, Master Officer J. Melvin located Slade from the original larceny and placed her in custody in front of It’s Fashion.

It was learned that Slade had $727.26 worth of merchandise that was stolen from Walmart. The items were: a 43-in ONN TV, 43-inch Hisense TV, Power XL Air Fryer, shower floral, Better Homes and Garden Cozy Blanket Kit, Mainstay Blender, Disney Activity Table, towel bath sheet, Dove Body Wash, Oil of Olay Body Wash, two Dove Soaps, three Degree Deodorants, a Mainstay Towel, two Mainstay Shower Curtains and Energizer AAA Batteries. All of the property was returned to the business. The items listed were located in a shopping cart Slade left behind Walmart upon the arrival of law enforcement.

It was also discovered that Slade had an outstanding Warrant for Arrest from Edgecombe County for unauthorized use of motor vehicle. Slade received a $2,000 secured bond for the larceny charges and a $1,000 secured bond for the warrant. She was confined in the Halifax County Detention Center.

Hockaday was confined in the Halifax County Jail under no bond with a March 3 court date.

Lt. Salmon, Master Officer Melvin and Sgt. Worrell assisted with this incident.

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