Sheriff: Sex offender who broke into home, kidnapped 1-year-old charged with sex crime


ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. – Authorities say a registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday after breaking into a home, kidnapping a 1-year-old and committing a sex crime, according to WRAL.

The NBC affiliate reports that in a Facebook post, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said 25-year-old Alexander Jamond Ezell, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, 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 the hospital. Deputies using K-9 units later found Ezell hiding in the woods behind his home.

Ezell faces charges of 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 originally convicted in 2009 for a 2005 crime, when he was 13 and the victim was 5 years old.