By VAN HOLLAND
Tarboro police recently made four arrests in which three of the suspects are tied to a June 19 shooting at Pender Square Apartments. During the shooting, three vehicles were struck by gun fire, but officers had no leads to follow that night, as no witnesses came forward.
Police received a Crimestoppers tip from Rocky Mount on July 11 about two suspects walking into a residence at 906 Howard Ave. with multiple shotguns. Detective Sgt. Bruce Edwards responded to the tip and knew the suspects staying at the residence were on probation. The suspects were subject to a warrantless search from the court orders in a previous case, so Edwards contacted the probation office and had them help execute a warrantless search of the residence.
Tarboro Police and Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department Drug Task Forces aided in the search and found 21-year old Jacquel Kemaar Baker-Johnson and 19-year old Eddie Wayne Bordeaux, Jr. inside the home.
While executing the search, officers found 25 grams of marijuana, drug manufacturing paraphernalia, two 12-gauge shotguns and multiple rounds of ammunition.
Edwards began questioning the suspects about the shooting at Pender Square and Baker-Johnson admitted he was involved in the shooting.
Baker-Johnson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.
Bordeaux was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony maintaining a dwelling to store drugs, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possessing more than a half ounce up to one and half ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed under a $7,000 secured bond.
After further investigation, Edwards learned 21-year old Holland Christopher Dancy and 19-year old Marquavian Mosley were the other two suspects who were involved in the shooting. The shotguns recovered at the Howard Avenue residence are being sent to the SBI lab to be fingerprinted to match prints to the three suspects arrested in the shooting.
Baker-Johnson was additionally charged with going armed to the terror of the people, injury to personal property and discharging a firearm in the city limits and received an additional $5,000 secured bond.
Dancy and Mosley were both charged with going armed to the terror of the people, injury to personal property and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Dancy was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He received a $25,000 secured bond and Mosley was given a $10,000 unsecured bond after he turned himself in.