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Two more suspects charged in Respess Street shooting

The Washington Police Department has charged two additional suspects for their alleged roles in a robbery/shooting that left two men wounded on Respess Street on July 6.

The robbery set police looking for three suspects who allegedly was shot one victim in the torso; the other was grazed by a bullet on his elbow and struck on the head with a weapon.

One of the suspects, Christopher Clevon Freeman, was identified by police and arrested a week later in Washington. Freeman, 28, of Washington, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a firearm into an occupied property, attempted armed robbery and injury to personal property. He was held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $260,000 bond.

At the time, police did not know the identities of Freeman’s accomplices. According to Washington Police and Fire Services Director Stacy Drakeford, information provided from the community helped lead to their arrests in late July and this week.

Katonia Mechelle Norfleet, 23, was implicated and subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. She was charged July 24 and held on a $10,000 secure bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

The third suspect, Mykal Michael Coleman, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied property. Coleman is being held in the Pitt County Detention Center.

“We got some great information from the community,” Drakeford said. “That’s the only way that we’re going to make our community safer — if we all work together on solving issues.”