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 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.
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.
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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