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Shoplifter arrested after police pursuit in Flowood

Source: Flowood Police Department Source: Flowood Police Department
FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Flowood Police were involved in a pursuit that began as a fleeing shoplifter, however resulted in the arrest of an armed robbery suspect identified as 20-year-old Jacariel Kevion Johnson, of Brandon.

An officer responded to the Flowood Wal-Mart at approximately 11:00 a.m. to arrest a shoplifter. During the arrest, the shoplifter resisted the arrest and fled from the store.

The shoplifter sped away in a 2004 Mercedes Benz SUV and was chased for a short distance until responding officers were able to detain him without further incident.

“One of our responding officers recognized the shoplifter from a July 2016 armed robbery. Although the suspect wasn’t caught back in July, he was subsequently identified by our detectives and we were looking for him. The incident in 2016 resulted in the suspect using a knife to rob a nearby convenient store and fled in the same vehicle he used today," said Chief of Police Richie McCluskey. "The arrest is a result of the great team work by our department from identifying the suspect, minimizing the pursuit and recalling a case from a year ago by vehicle and suspect description. This arrest is also a reminder to those that choose to come and commit a crime- we will catch you. If not immediately, certainly in due time.”

Johnson is charged with resisting arrest, fleeing from law enforcement officers, two counts of shoplifting, reckless driving, three counts of disobeying a traffic control device  and in an unrelated case, armed robbery that currently being pursued by the courts.

If convicted Johnson faces up to life in prison.

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