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-Press Release, Vance County Sheriff’s Office
On Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department received a tip regarding the whereabouts of Antavian Cornelius Yancey (age 34) in their city. Acting on the tip, the Roanoke Rapids Police Department arrested Yancey at an address inside the city.
Yancey was taken to the Halifax County Detention Center where he was detained until Vance County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrived and took Yancey into custody and transported him back to the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon Yancey arriving at the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, he was charged with the 1st Degree Murder of Charisma P. Robinson and Burning of Personal Property.
Yancey is being held in the Vance County Detention Center without bond. Yancey is scheduled to appear in Vance County District Court on November 9, 2020. This investigation is continuing.
Previous VCSO Press Release on Antavian Cornelius Yancey:
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division received a call in reference to smoke in a wooded area. Upon the arrival of deputies and the Vance County Fire Department on the scene, a vehicle was fully engulfed.
Members of the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division responded to investigate the vehicle fire along with North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s Arson Unit.
On July 17, 2020, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division received a phone call from Burlington Police Department reference to Burlington Police Department locating the body of a black female that was believed to be from Henderson, North Carolina. The female was identified as Charisma Robinson, age 35.
Investigators began to investigate these incidents and developed that the two cases were connected. Participating agencies from the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, Henderson Police Department, Burlington Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of investigation began a collaborative effort to solve the murder of Charisma Robinson.
Through the investigation, a person of interest was developed and later identified as a subject/suspect in this matter.
On July 24, 2020, a warrant for Murder and Burning of Personnel Property was issued for Antavian Cornelius Yancey (B/M/Age 34), regarding the death of Charisma Robinson.
Yancey is believed to be armed and dangerous.