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Wanted felon arrested after entering wrong Athens apartment with gun

Updated: Aug 14, 2019

Tequan Deaunta Smith

By Joe Johnson

A convicted felon who was wanted on a felony warrant was arrested last week after he entered the wrong apartment while brandishing a gun, Athens-Clarke County police said.

On Friday night officers responded to a call at Oak Hill Apartments regarding an unknown and armed male entering someone’s home, police said.

After interviewing witnesses, police said that officers determined that the suspect left the home after he realized it was the wrong apartment.

The suspect, who was accompanied by two other males, fled the scene in a vehicle and responding officers were able to stop the vehicle and apprehend the suspect, according to police.

The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Tequan Deaunta Smith of Winter Hills Drive in Winterville, was charged with criminal trespass, simple assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction, police said.

Smith’s two companions were released, according to police.

A hold on his release from the county jail was placed by authorities in Putnam County who had a felony probation violation warrant on file that stemmed from Smith's conviction an aggravated assault charge, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said the incident continued to be investigated and asked that anyone with information contact Sgt. David Norris at (706) 613-3330, ext. 556 or

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