Kinston police: 2 shooting suspects arrested; one found hiding in bathroom

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Two men, including one who Kinston police said was found hiding in the bathroom of a Kinston home, were arrested Monday and charged in a shooting that happened at J’s Place on West Blount Street March 12.

Members of the United States Marshals, Eastern District Violent Fugitive Taskforce, arrested Christopher Deon Jones at 8 a.m. Monday at 3205 Crestwood Drive in Kinston.

Kinston police said two handguns were discovered, along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia. One handgun was stolen from Tampa, Florida, deputies said.

Keyno Coward was arrested during a traffic stop on the 1600 block of Stround Avenue at about 10:13 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Jones was charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon in relation to the March 12 shooting. He also faces charges relating to the firearms and drugs.

Coward was also charged in the J’s Place shooting and faces additional charges after officers said they found several baggies of heroin in his possession.

Jones was placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $1,325,000 bond, and Coward was placed in the Lenoir County Jail under a $1,275,000 bond.

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