A suspect wanted in connection with a series of breaking including a car driven by a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday night.
Kendrick Johnson, 23, was located after deputies obtained a search warrant and pinged Johnson’s cellular telephone which indicated he was at an address in Russellville where his father lived. A Special Reaction team from Arkansas Community Corrections, aided by Russellville Police and Jefferson County investigators found Johnson hiding under a bed in an apartment after Johnson’s father gave them permission to search.
On Aug. 7, the sheriff’s deputy reported that her county vehicle and personal vehicle had both been entered while the vehicles were parked at an address in Pine Bluff. Among the items taken were a Taser, a duty belt and two loaded ammunition for the deputies duty weapon.
Security video from the apartment complex where the deputy lived help investigators identify Johnson and a vehicle that was traced to a relative of his. She was located at an apartment and gave deputies consent to search for Johnson, who was located hiding under a bed. Before he could be handcuffed, he fled through a window and ran into a wooded area near the apartments. A search of the area was unsuccessful.
While at the apartments, investigators located two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen, as well as the Taser and ammunition clips. They also found a credit and debit card from a second victim whose vehicle had also been entered on the parking lot of the same complex where the deputy lived.
On Thursday morning, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $15,000 cash only bond for Johnson, who is currently on probation and listed as an absconder, after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A petition has also been filed to revoke his probation. He was originally charged with aggravated robbery, breaking or entering and possession of a controlled substance.
According to a press release, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into multiple break-ins and thefts linked to Johnson and his accomplices. Members of the public are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 541-5496 Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or our non-emergency number (870) 541-5300 after normal operating hours if they information about this ongoing investigation. Information can also be provided via email at email@example.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jcso1830, and Twitter @JeffCtySO. Caller’s anonymity is guaranteed. A reward may be offered for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction the suspect(s) in this case.