VPPD officers locate Johnson late Friday


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The community assisted the Ville Platte Police Department once again in capturing a man facing two counts of attempted second-degree murder charges.

After receiving an anonymous call indicating where Cassius Clay Johnson was located Friday, January 16, officers went to the location at 5:37 p.m. Sgt. Joseph “Plywood” Fontenot said officers had been working hard to locate Johnson because of the serious charges pending against him.

Police were searching for Johnson after securing a warrant for his arrest in the October 2, armed robbery of one and shooting of another. Johnson is believed to have approached a 34-year-old white male with a weapon to rob him, and when the victim fought him off and fled the scene, Johnson allegedly fired shots at him. The bullets struck a 54-year-old black male, an innocent bystander, in the chest and a nearby parked vehicle. The arrest warrant was for one count of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal use of a weapon, two counts of attempted second-degree murder and criminal damage to property less than $500. His bond was set at $250,000 by 13th Judicial District Judge Tom Fuselier.

When officers received the information of Johnson’s whereabouts, Officers Irving Bourque, Allen “A.J.” James, Pat Wilson and Jimmy Mitchell met and went to the location. They were able to take Johnson into police custody without incident. “No one was hurt,” Fontenot said.

Chief Neal Lartigue thanked the community for their assistance in this case. He said his department is appreciative of the public’s help and they cannot be successful without the public’s support. “In some cases, we do need help and we reach out,” he said and of course the public answers. He reminded residents to report any illegal activities to his office. He said all callers will remain anonymous.

The sheriff’s office also has a hold on Johnson in regards to an ongoing investigation. Captain Orvel Hale, chief of detectives, said the investigation deals with a previous case his department has been investigating.

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