NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY - Newport Police have arrested three suspects in a home invasion in which three family members were shot.
Investigators said they arrested 17-year-old Dequan Malik Bullock, of Henderson, 21-year-old Thomas Moss, of Henderson, and 36-year-old James Alton West, of Otway, Tuesday morning in Craven County.
According to police, Moss and Bullock were in Carteret County to visit West. After several days of drinking and partying, the three developed a plan to rob pills and cash from an individual they thought was living at 150 East Chatham Street in Newport. But that person was not at the home when the suspects forced themselves in on Saturday, said investigators.
Nevertheless, the suspects demanded everyone inside to get on the floor, police said. One of the men then fired a small-caliber handgun at three victims, hitting them several times, according to investigators.
Two of the victims are father and son. The third was the homeowner's brother-in-law. Police said the victims are 23, 46 and 56 years old. A pregnant woman was also inside the home, but she was not shot, said investigators.
The victims went to Carteret General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and have since been released, police said. The homeowner's brother-in-law said the victims are all doing okay.
Nothing was stolen during the home invasion, said police.
Bullock has been charged with one count of first-degree burglar, five counts of attempted common law robbery, and five counts of second-degree kidnapping for the Newport home invasion. In addition, he has been charged in Craven County with one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Bullock's bond was set at $2 million for the Carteret County charges and $10,000 for the Craven County charges.
Moss has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the 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 for the Newport home invasion. He has also been charged in Craven County with one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Moss' bond was set at $3 million for the Carteret County charges and $15,000 for the Craven County charges.
West has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of accessory before the fact to a felony, and two counts of accessory after the fact to a felony for the home invasion in Newport. Craven County authorities have also charged him with one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
West's bond was set at $2 million for the Carteret County charges and $15,000 for the Craven County charges.
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