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Fleeing suspects caught

AHOSKIE – Three members of the same family were arrested here last week after they attempted to flee the police.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said that a call came in to his office shortly past 4 p.m. on Thursday regarding three young males seen on the property of an unoccupied home in the 300 block of North Street.

APD Officers Christopher Westbrook and Sean Hegmann responded to that area at which time they witnessed three males attempting to flee. Fitzhugh said a short chase ensued and all three were nabbed on Main Street near the old Ahoskie Police Station.

Arrested were brothers Perish Damion Dempsey, 22, and 20-year-old Daquan Tyrike Dempsey, along with their cousin, 21-year-old Anthony Lopez Jenkins. All three listed 220 North McGlohon Street as their home address.

While they were being detained, APD Sgt. Michael Kellett and his K-9 “Nero” were searching the residence. There, a window was found open and controlled substances were located inside, Fitzhugh reported.

Each suspect was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, misdemeanor possession of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. They each posted a $1,000 unsecured bond in advance of their appearance in Hertford County District Court.

“We would like to thank the concerned citizens for contacting us and informing us of suspicious activity in their neighborhood,” Fitzhugh said. “We encourage our citizens to contact us. We promise to check into their complaints and make arrests when warranted.”

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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