On December 12, 2020, at 3:48 am., Valdosta Police Officers responded to Park Chase Apartments, 1100 Old Statenville Road, after receiving 911 calls about a male outside of an apartment shooting a gun in the air. When officers arrived on the scene, they located evidence that a gun had been discharged. While searching for the offender, later identified as Antonio Johnson, Jr., officers received information that Johnson had left in a vehicle that was being driven by Ikea Golden. Officers observed the vehicle pulling back into the apartment complex, so they conducted a traffic stop on it. Officers located a handgun in the vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Jacksonville, Florida. After Johnson was detained, officers found marijuana in his pocket, and he attempted to run from officers but was quickly apprehended.
Johnson was taken to Lowndes County Jail on the following charges:
· Reckless conduct-misdemeanor;
· Theft by receiving stolen property-felony;
· Possession of marijuana-misdemeanor;
· Possession of drug-related objects-misdemeanor; and
· Obstruction of a law enforcement officer-misdemeanor.
Golden was taken to Lowndes County Jail for theft by receiving stolen property-felony.
“We are thankful for the citizens who came forward with information on this case. Because of their assistance, our officers were able to locate the offenders and take them into custody quickly.” Chief Leslie Manahan.