By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – On May 1, officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested 24-year-old Shamarcus Jerrod Johnson of Crockett on multiple felony charges while looking into a separate matter.
The police were following up on an investigation related to a large fight started in the I. T Williams Park on Sunday, April 28, which eventually spilled over into the Pineridge Manor Apartment complex.
According to a statement from Crockett Police Chief Clayton Smith, “Initially, officers attempted to make contact with a female subject who was involved in the altercation.”
An affidavit of probable cause indicated the female subject was “… accused of pulling a knife and cutting someone during the altercation.”
Smith further stated, “After many attempts to get someone to answer the door, officers were unsuccessful and left the area. A short time later, officers received information the subject wanted for questioning was seen loading items into a vehicle and attempting to leave the same apartment officers had just recently left. After being notified of this, officers went back to the area in an attempt to contact the subject.”
As the officers arrived back at the location they had just left, a vehicle matching the description just received by the law enforcement officials was observed.
The affidavit reported, “Chief Smith activated his emergency lights and pulled in front of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Shamarcus Johnson. After stopping the vehicle Johnson immediately began reaching around and under the seat of the vehicle.”
After officers ran his information through the police database, it was discovered Johnson had three felony arrest warrants for debit or credit card abuse.
The police chief indicated a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted during which “…officers located a stolen handgun, marijuana, and cocaine. Johnson claimed ownership of all the illegal narcotics and handgun.”
Johnson was arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody. Before he was taken to a holding cell, however, Johnson was strip searched.
“During that search, jail staff found that Johnson was concealing a cellophane baggie of suspected cocaine under his scrotum,” the affidavit stated.
Johnson was charged with three counts of debit card/credit card abuse, third degree felonies; possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of a controlled substance, PG 1 in a drug free zone, a third degree felony; possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility, a third degree felony; and theft of a firearm, a state jail felony.
According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
He is still being held at the Houston County Jail.
Will Johnson may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.