Young Dolph murder suspect captured in Indiana

A suspect in the Rapper Young Dolph shot dead in November in Memphis was captured Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT) in Indiana, according to the US Marshals Service.

The suspect, Justin Johnson, had been named as a person of interest on January 5 and a reward was offered at that time for information leading to his arrest.

Johnson – an aspiring rapper who used the name Straight Drop – had posted on his Instagram account over the weekend that he was innocent and would surrender on Monday, but did not, according to accounts. news.

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A suspect in the November shooting death of rapper Young Dolph (pictured) in Memphis was captured Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT) in Indiana (Paul R. Giunta / Invision / AP)

A second suspect, Cornelius Smith, 32, was already in custody and has been charged with first degree murder. Smith was arrested in Mississippi on December 9.

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“After a coordinated investigation by the US Marshals’ Violent Fugitives Task Force at Two Rivers and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitives Task Force, Justin Johnson was captured today at around 3:00 p.m. CST (8:00 a.m. Wednesday AEDT) in Indiana, “a marshal’s service press release said. late Tuesday.

More information will be released at a press conference on Wednesday, officials said.

This image released by the US Marshals Service shows Justin Johnson
The suspect, Justin Johnson, had been named as a person of interest on January 5 and a reward was offered at that time for information leading to his arrest (US Marshals Service via AP)

Young Dolph, legally known as Adolph Thornton Jr., was killed by masked assailants while visiting his Memphis store, Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, on November 17.

Surveillance footage captured shooters exiting and re-entering a getaway car.

Johnson’s previous record includes pleading guilty to three counts of aggravated assault after shooting three people in a bowling alley in 2017, but he was reportedly released from prison shortly after that conviction.

This video image, provided by the Memphis Police Department, shows two people with guns drawn after exiting their vehicle, a white Mercedes-Benz, which authorities say was involved in the shooting of 36-year-old rapper Young Dolph on Wednesday 17 November.  , 2021.
This video image, provided by the Memphis Police Department, shows two people with guns drawn after exiting their vehicle, a white Mercedes-Benz, which authorities say was involved in the shooting of 36-year-old rapper Young Dolph on Wednesday 17 November. , 2021. Police scoured the city on Thursday as they searched for suspects. (Memphis Police Department via AP)

TMZ previously reported that Straight Drop AKA Johnson released a music video for his song “Going Straight In” which included footage shot in the same house where Young Dolph’s murder getaway car was located by police. The clip was uploaded on November 21, four days after the murder.

“I surrender on Monday,” Johnson posted on Saturday. ” I am innocent. I’ll be back sooner than you can blink.

However, her Instagram page has since been deleted.

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A memorial to murdered rapper Young Dolph sits in front of windows lined with Makeda's Cookies on Thursday, November 18, 2021
A memorial to murdered rapper Young Dolph sits outside windows lined with Makeda’s Cookies on Thursday, November 18, 2021 in Memphis, Tenn. Police said Young Dolph was fatally shot on Wednesday inside the popular Memphis bakery. (AP Photo / Adrian Sainz)

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