Former Rocky Mount officers plead not guilty to charges, barred from possessing firearms while awaiting trial
On Thursday the two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol appeared virtually in federal court. During the proceedings, the attorneys for Jacob Fracker, 29, and Thomas Robertson, 47, entered not guilty pleas for their clients. Both men are charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in the Capitol. Both men’s attorneys requested the video and body camera footage that prosecutors plan to use in their case; however, prosecutors want to protect that evidence. AdBoth men are currently released on recognizance, and because of that, they must follow certain requirements, one of which is not possessing firearms.
Former Rocky Mount officers plead not guilty to four federal charges against them
The two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month pleaded not guilty on Tuesday afternoon. Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson have been indicted on the following charges in connection with the riots on Jan. 6:Obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abettingDisorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted buildingEntering and remaining in a restricted buildingDisorderly conduct in the CapitolBoth men were fired from the Rocky Mount Police Department last week. A date for their next hearing has not yet been announced. 10 News has followed this story closely since it began. Here’s a look at all we’ve published, from newest to oldest:
Two former Rocky Mount police officers each indicted on four federal charges connected to Capitol riots
The two former Rocky Mount police officers charged in connection with the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month now face new charges. Both men were fired from the Rocky Mount Police Department last week. The two posted the photo above of themselves on social media inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m.10 News has followed this story closely since it began. Here’s a look at all we’ve published, from newest to oldest:
Family member, local activist react to Rocky Mount police officers firing
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson are no longer employees of the Rocky Mount Police Department. Both were fired Tuesday, a few weeks after the photo above of them surfaced on social media, sparking a federal investigation. At the address listed for Fracker, his mother-in-law answered the door and said that he does not live there. Hopefully, this will be a lesson learned to all our future officers, integrity is with you on and off the clock.”The Town of Rocky Mount released a statement that reads:“The Rocky Mount Police Department has terminated employment for officers Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson effective Tuesday, January 26. The actions by two have driven our beautiful town into the national spotlight in ways that do not reflect our whole community and the people who call Rocky Mount home.
Rocky Mount releases first statement naming officers who were inside the US Capitol
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – “We stand with and add our support to those who have denounced the violence and illegal activity that took place that day.”That’s part of the joint statement released by Rocky Mount Chief of Police Ken Criner, Police Captain Mark Lovern and Town Manager James Ervin on Thursday evening. The statement comes after the federal arrest of two Rocky Mount police officers, Jacob Fracker and Thomas Robertson. The charges against both men stem from the picture above, which was taken inside the U.S. Capitol on the day the building was stormed. Thursday’s statement from Rocky Mount leaders is the first time they’ve named the two officers. Below you can read the statement in its entirety:
Two Rocky Mount police officers now each face 2 federal charges in connection with storming of US Capitol
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. – Two Rocky Mount Police officers now face federal charges in connection with last Wednesday’s events at the U.S. Capitol. On Wednesday afternoon, the two appeared virtually in federal court in Roanoke for their first hearing. The government wanted them to wear GPS tracking ankle bracelets, but the judge felt that was not necessary due to them being police officers and military veterans. Keep poking us.”The complaint also mentions two social media posts that 10 News showed you on Sunday afternoon. Rocky Mount Police Officer Jacob Fracker's Facebook Page captured by 10 News.
Deputies locate inmate who escaped in Rocky Mount
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Rocky Mount Police Department say they have located the inmate who escaped a group program on Saturday. Officials say inmate Curtis Sparks, 35, was found in the area of Power Dam Road in Franklin County around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Deputies say a group of trustee inmates were attending a program on the Sheriff’s Office Complex. According to the sheriff’s office Sparks is serving a sentence as a non-violent offender and is known to frequent Henry and Botetourt County. Curtis Sparks neck tattoo (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)Curtis Sparks Arm tattoo (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)
Rocky Mount police chief placed on leave pending investigation
Published: April 30, 2020, 11:49 am Updated: May 1, 2020, 12:58 amROCKY MOUNT, Va. – The head of the Rocky Mount Police Department is currently on administrative leave. Chief Ken Criner has been suspended with pay since April 7, according to Rocky Mount Town Manager James Ervin. An investigation is underway after Ervin received three complaints about Criner within two days. Putting Criner on administrative leave is standard operating procedure when investigating complaints, said Ervin. In his absence, Lt. Mark Lovern, the head of the patrol division, is serving as acting chief, according to Ervin.
Missing Rocky Mount man found safe
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - UPDATEAccording to the Rocky Mount Police Department, a man has been found safe after he was last seen in late September. Authorities say Jamey Scott has been found safe. ORIGINAL STORYThe Rocky Mount Police Department is asking for help to find a missing man. Jamey Scott told family members that he was going to Roanoke and has not been heard from since Tuesday, Sept. 24. Anyone with information on where Scott may be is asked to contact police at 540-483-9275 or RMPDinfo@rockymountva.org.
Rocky Mount police investigating counterfeit money incident
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. - Do you recognize these two? They made several fraudulent purchases with counterfeit money over the weekend, according to the Rocky Mount Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact Rocky Mount police at 540-483-9275. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.