An investigator with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Thomas said Victor Edward Johnson, 27, of Carbon Hill was arrested Monday afternoon by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and returned to Walker County where he has since been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
Thomas said around 5:45 a.m. Friday Johnson and another individual reportedly entered a residence on Scott Cemetery Road in Jasper under the guise of being law enforcement officers with the Walker County Sheriff’s NET Team.
“They reportedly kicked in the back door and entered the residence while yelling ‘police, search warrant,’ and then told everybody to get down and lie face down on the floor,” Thomas said. “They then tied-up the three people in the household using zip ties and attempted to cover the victims’ heads before burglarizing the home of electronics and cash.”
Thomas said Johnson and his accomplice then made off with the one of the victims’ vehicles, which they later dumped a couple of miles down the road.
“Through our investigation, we were able to get Johnson and the other suspect identified and warrants were obtained for their arrests,” Thomas said. “Johnson was taken into custody in Tuscaloosa County. The other suspect agreed to turn himself in Tuesday but so far has failed to do so.”
Thomas said authorities don’t believe Johnson and the other suspect acted alone in this incident. More charges may be pending against Johnson out of Tuscaloosa County in connection with some similar robberies that have happened there.
“The same method of operation that was used in our robbery was used in the Tuscaloosa robberies, so they are investigating to see if these two had any connections with their robberies as well,” Thomas said. “We don’t believe they acted alone in our case and we’re searching for two other individuals believed to have been involved.”
Police needs help
identifying burglary suspect
Thomas said the sheriff’s office is also needing the public’s help in identifying another burglary suspect who authorities believe broke into a home in west Walker County.
“This burglary occurred about three weeks ago in the Townley community, and the individual we believe committed this crime has attempted to sell one of the items taken in the burglary at a local computer store,” Thomas said. “We encountered this individual outside the computer store, but he managed to elude us in a foot pursuit.”
Thomas said the suspect is a black male, about 5-feet, 10-inches tall, weighing about 225 pounds, with black hair in corn rows and a scruffy beard. Authorities believe he may live in either the Carbon Hill or Saragossa area, but they are not sure.
“We’re hoping someone can identify him from a surveillance photo that taken from the computer store,” Thomas said.
Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464.