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Wilson police, Marshals arrest 5 in shootings

Wilson Police and U.S. Marshals arrested five men this week in two recent shootings after casting a net that took law enforcement from Wilson to Duplin County as far south as Atlanta.

This week, Wilson Police and U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Tyree C. Joyner, 23, Andre Dominique Jones, 18 and Patrick Jerome Howard, 28.

Joyner was arrested in Duplin County by marshals. He was returned to Wilson and booked in the detention center under a $300,000 secured bond.

Howard was arrested on Manchester Street in Wilson by the Wilson Police Department’s Special Response Team along with Marshals.

He was booked under a $150,000 secured bond. Jones was arrested in the Atlanta area by Marshals and will be extradited to Wilson. They are all charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Police had recently identified suspects and taken out warrants after two people were shot last Wednesday on the 5300 block of Ward Boulevard. Joyner and Jones were both charged in the Ward Boulevard shooting.

Two additional suspects were captured in Wilson in the shooting, Phaheem Rashawn Swinson, 21, 907 Woodrow St., and Malcolm Lamont Battle, 18, 1913 Farrior Ave, according to Wilson police Capt. Tad Shelton. Police believe the shooting is gang-related.

They were also charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Swinson received a $45,000 bond and Battle a $32,000 bond.

"Criminal activity is not restricted to jurisdictional boundaries so we employ an extremely high level of information sharing between law enforcement agencies on violent offenders; no matter where they go,” Wilson Police Chief Thomas Hopkins said.

Police will take a firm stand to prevent or resolve problems that affect community safety and quality of life, Hopkins said.

Officers were called to the Ward Boulevard location at 10:15 p.m. after residents reported the shooting. Demorris Terrell Parker and Tashun Demonte Williams were found with gunshot wounds, Shelton said.

Howard, 28, was charged in an earlier shooting incident at Crescent Gardens apartment.

Swinson had been one of five people charged in February with shooting into a house at 807 Vance St. East 


Wilson Police have a high capacity to utilize any and all resources to pursue violent offenders, Hopkins added.

"We will continue to seek the assistance of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to address any acts of violent crime or criminal misconduct in the City of Wilson,” Hopkins said. "The detention of these individuals is a result of cooperative efforts between our citizens and law enforcement personnel. I would especially like to thank our citizens, the United States Marshals Violent Fugitives Task Force, N.C. Probation & Parole, and all Wilson Police Department personnel who helped apprehend these individuals.”

Police asked that anyone with information regarding the suspects or shootings to contact them at 252-399-2323 or CrimeStoppers at 252-243-2255.

"Our partnerships with our citizens sharing in the delivery of police services are the only system that will allow us to be successful in these types of operations,” Hopkins said. "Continuing to keep our community safe for our citizens and youth is always a top priority for the Wilson Police Department.”
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it doesn't seem that the Magistrate is taking a stand to keep them in jail...those bonds are ridiculous!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM
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