Murder Suspect Captured In Douglas County

8:00 AM, Mar 25, 2010   |    comments
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DOUGLASVILLE, GA. - A 27-year-old man wanted for murder in Philadelphia surrendered to U.S. Marshals Thursday morning following an hours-long manhunt.

The search, involving the marshals and Douglas County deputies began shortly after midnight. Federal officers said Randy Johnson was wanted on a murder warrant issued earlier this month. Officials said Johnson had been staying at a Thornton Road motel with a woman and their five-month-old daughter.

When marshals contacted Johnson by telephone, he agreed to surrender, but drove away with the baby in the car before officers arrived. That's when the manhunt began.

Johnson's car was found but he had abandoned it and struck out on foot carrying his baby.

Marshals said they later made phone contact with Johnson and he agreed to give up at a convenience store on Fairburn Road. He was taken into custody without force.

The baby was checked and found to be in good health. She was returned to the mother.

Marshals said there was no indication Johnson intended to harm the child. The mother was away from the motel when officers first contacted Johnson and when he decided to run, he was forced to take the child with him.

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