Murder suspect surrenders

Published 5:39 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2022

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AHOSKIE – An individual wanted in the May 14 homicide of an Ahoskie man has turned himself in.

Clarence Andre Tann Jr.

Clarence Andre Tann Jr., age 30 of Ahoskie, surrendered this afternoon (Wednesday) at the Ahoskie Police Department. There he was issued arrest warrants, charging him with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 25-year-old Dequan Melik Perry.

Tann is currently held in the Hertford County Jail without bond and has his first court appearance scheduled for 9 a.m. on May 20 in Hertford County District Court.

“On behalf of the Ahoskie Police Department, I would like to extend our condolences to the family of Dequan Perry for their loss,” said Ahoskie Police Chief Jimmy Asbell.

In a story published earlier this week, Asbell said that his officers responded at 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 to the Ahoskie Inn for a report of a person that had been shot. Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a male victim outside of the motel who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Hertford County EMS responded and transported the victim to Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Detectives with the Ahoskie Police Department responded to the crime scene and began their investigation. Their investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Tann.

The Ahoskie Police Department was assisted in the murder probe by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Vidant Campus Police.