Laurinburg man wanted for murder captured in SC


LAURINBURG —Police say a two-month search for a Laurinburg man wanted on murder charges ended on Monday.

Andre Lamar Johnson arrested around 7 a.m. in Hartsville, S.C. by the U.S. Marshal’s Office. Johnson’s last known address was of 312 Park Drive in Laurinburg. Authorities had searched for him in North Carolina and South Carolina.

The 28-year-old Johnson was wanted in the June 8 death of Raheem Brown, who had been shot outside a residence on Hickory Street in Laurinburg.

Investigators said Brown, 30, was shot once. He was transported to Scotland Memorial Hospital where he later died.

“I want to thank all who aided in this case, especially the U.S. Marshall Office and detectives in the case,” Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams said.

Johnson, who is also known as “Breadman” was charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Williams said Johnson is also a member of the Crip Rolling 60 gang, but would not say if the gang affiliation played any role in the shooting. The chief also declined to provide a possible motive.

“We conducted several interviews and talked with witnesses and in the course of the investigation, developed him as a suspect,” Williams said.

Johnson served a six-month sentence for drug possession. He was also convicted of assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female and trespassing.

Johnson was returned to Laurinburg Monday morning after waiving extradition. He was jailed at the Scotland County Detention.

Detective Deemetric Williams and Lieutenant Chris Young escorting Andre Lamar Johnson into a transfer vehicle to the Scotland County Jail.
http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_addada.jpgDetective Deemetric Williams and Lieutenant Chris Young escorting Andre Lamar Johnson into a transfer vehicle to the Scotland County Jail.

By Nolan Gilmour

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