BREAKING: Jacksonville Police arrest two suspects in November shooting at Austin Bank drive-thru

March 18, 2013

Ben Tinsley Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville authorities made one arrest Monday and already had a second suspect in custody in connection with the November shooting of a 66-year-old woman at the Austin Bank drive-in at 100 Commerce Street.

“Any time a person is shot during the course of a robbery it becomes our No. 1 priority,” said Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel. “We are not finished yet, and I fully expect officers to arrest the remainder of the people involved soon.”  

On Monday, Jacksonville officers arrested Michael Deangelo Johnson, 25, on suspicion of Aggravated Robbery — stemming from the robbery and shooting of Louise Barnett at the Austin Bank drive-thru on Nov. 16, 2012, authorities said.

Aggravated robbery is a first degree robbery punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison.

Barnett, owner of Razorback Grocery store, was ambushed and shot in her car about 5:30 p.m. that day as she was preparing to make a deposit at the bank. The assailant grabbed her one bag and fled on foot, reports show.

Johnson remained in custody in the Jacksonville Jail Monday, awaiting arraignment in the morning, jail records show.

Johnson is the second subject to be arrested in this case. Another suspect, identified by the chief as Jonathan Roshard Brown, 19, is currently in custody at the Cherokee County jail on another robbery charge.

When Brown still was at large, police originally named him as the chief suspect in the robbery.

Daniel said his detectives have worked long and hard to make these arrests and ultimately clear this case. The investigation continues, he said.

“Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation we will not be releasing further information at this time,” Daniel said.Image


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