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This story was updated at 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, with information about a third suspect being arrested and details about where Watkins and Norris were arrested.

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Lejuane Norris

UPDATE: The third suspect, Dequan Fuqua, 21, has been arrested, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

Fuqua was stopped on Chickamauga Avenue in Walker County, Georgia on Tuesday in a collaboration among the CPD Street Crimes Unit, U.S. Marshals and Rossville Police Department. He is currently in custody in Walker County awaiting extradition, the release states.

"I cannot speak highly enough of the Chattanooga Police Officers and Investigators who've worked relentlessly for more than two years to ensure the suspects in this heinous act of violence were taken off the streets of our community," said Chief David Roddy in a statement. "The assistance we received from local and federal law enforcement agencies ensures the safety of community members is a top priority, not just in Chattanooga, but also in surrounding areas."

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Antonio Watkins

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Two of at least three suspects are in custody in connection to a 2016 attempted murder, according to online Hamilton County Court and jail records.

Antonio Watkins, 25, and Lejuane Norris, 22, were indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 30. A third suspect, whose name is redacted, has not yet been booked into the Hamilton County Jail, according to records.

The suspects "did unlawfully, intentionally and with premeditation attempt to kill Natasha Jones" on July 4, 2016, the indictment states.

Jones, then-31, was critically injured by a gunshot at around 2 a.m. that day, the Times Free Press previously reported. She drove herself to the hospital and was immediately taken into surgery. 

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Dequan Kentrel Fuqua

Officers found multiple bullet holes in the vehicle she drove to the hospital.

Watkins was arrested on Monday at a home on the 4500 block of Norcross Road and Norris was arrested the following day at a residence on Water Street, the release states. They both are charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault. The third suspect will face the same charges.

Additionally, Watkins was charged with a parole violation for possession of cocaine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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