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Tennessee Highway Patrol Arrests Wanted Murder Suspect

Thursday, October 03, 2019 | 05:50pm

NASHVILLE- On October 2, 2019, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) received credible information that 1st degree murder suspect, 19-year-old DeAndre Jones of Memphis, Tennessee was possibly in the Middle Tennessee area. Troopers ultimately located Jones at the Knights Inn on South Church Street in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

A search warrant was obtained for Jones’s room and Troopers with THP’s Special Operations Unit were activated out of precaution to serve the felony warrant. Before Special Operations could arrive, two subjects exited the room and were taken into custody along with three other individuals still in the room, which included Jones. A search of the room produced a loaded .380 handgun, two ounces of marijuana, and scales.

Those arrested and charged include:

19-year-old DeAndre Jones of Memphis- 1st degree murder, possession of unlawful weapon with intent, possession of schedule VI felony, possession of drug paraphernalia.

20-year-old Lawrence Dunlap of Memphis- Possession of unlawful weapon with intent, possession of schedule VI felony, possession of drug paraphernalia.

19-year-old Torrence Dunlap of Memphis- Possession of unlawful weapon with intent, possession of schedule VI felony, possession of drug paraphernalia.

18-year-old Craige Strickland of Memphis- Possession of unlawful weapon with intent, possession of schedule VI felony, possession of drug paraphernalia.

19-year-old Michael Jones of Memphis- Possession of unlawful weapon with intent, possession of schedule VI felony, possession of drug paraphernalia.

This was a collaborative effort by Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Nashville District, Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Interdiction Plus, Aviation and Special Operations Unit along with the Murfreesboro Police Department, and Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. All five subjects are being held in the Rutherford County Jail.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s (www.TN.Gov/safety) mission is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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