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  • Authorities capture suspects in Newport shooting

  • Authorities from several police agencies tracked down and arrested three suspects Monday night in connection with a weekend home invasion in Newport during which three people were shot.
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  • Authorities from several police agencies tracked down and arrested three suspects Monday night in connection with a weekend home invasion in Newport during which three people were shot.
    James Alton West, 36, of Otway; and Thomas Moss, 21, and Dequan Malik Bullock, 17, both of Henderson, were charged early Tuesday by Newport Police Department on multiple felony charges related to the incident, according to a release.
    All of the men are originally from the Vance County area, and Moss and Bullock have maintained contact with West since his move to Carteret County. They had been visiting West for several days prior to the shooting, police said.
    After several days of drinking and partying, the suspects allegedly developed a plan to steal pills and cash from a person they thought lived at 150 East Chatham St., according to the release.
    However, they found the person they were looking for wasn’t there. Police said the people inside the home at the time of the shooting had no prior contact with the suspects.
    On Saturday night, Newport police responded to the home at about 8:30 p.m. to a report of a home invasion with gunshots fired. Two black men wearing hooded sweatshirts and black knit caps had entered the home and ordered everyone inside to get on the floor. As they got up, one of the suspects began shooting a handgun.
    Three men, whose names have not been released by police, sustained gunshot injuries and were treated and released from the hospital. A fourth person in the home was not shot.
    In the news release, Newport Police Chief Jeff Clark said the department worked with multiple agencies in the investigation, including detectives from Atlantic Beach and Morehead City police departments, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, and federal agents from Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms and NCIS.
    “This is an excellent example of multiple agencies cooperating and sharing intelligence which ultimately led to significant arrests within 48 hours of a major crime,” Clark said.
    The suspects were tracked on U.S. 70, through Havelock and eventually pulled over outside Havelock near Catfish Lake Road. Clark said that when the three were taken into custody they were in possession of multiple firearms and at least one of the firearms is believed to be the one used in the home invasion.
    According to information in the news release, Moss and West are convicted felons with prior criminal histories. In addition to Tuesday’s charges, West is facing felony drug and weapon charges in Carteret County. At the time of his arrest, Moss was wanted by Virginia authorities for a probation violation.
    The following charges were filed against the suspects following their latest arrest.
    Moss was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; one count of first-degree burglary; five counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon; three counts of first-degree kidnapping; and two counts of second-degree kidnapping related to the home invasion.
    Page 2 of 2 - He also faces charges in Craven County for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
    Moss was placed in jail under a $3 million bond on the Carteret County charges and an additional $15,000 for the Craven County charges.
    West was charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts each of accessory before the fact to a felony and accessory after the fact to a felony related to the home invasion.
    He also faces charges in Craven County for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.
    He was in jail under a $2 million bond for the Carteret County charges and an additional $15,000 for the Craven County charges.
    Bullock was charged in the home invasion with one count of first-degree burglary; five counts of attempted common law robbery; and five counts of second-degree kidnapping. He also faces a charge in Craven County for carrying a concealed weapon.
    He was placed in jail under a $2 million bond on the Carteret County charges and an additional $10,000 for the Craven County charge.
    The men are scheduled for a first appearance in court Wednesday morning.
    Jannette Pippin is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.
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