Update: Suspect found

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 17, 2012

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
SALISBURY — Authorities have arrested a Salisbury man mistakenly released from jail Wednesday.
Willie James Johnson Jr. was arrested in Concord, deputies said, and is being transported back to the Rowan County Detention Center.
Johnson was released after posting just $500 of his $25,500 bond.
Authorities realized the mistake about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Johnson was initially taken into custody Tuesday after Salisbury Police officers said he robbed a Domino’s at gunpoint on West Innes Street in April.
Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Sifford said more information will be released about the arrest later Thursday.
Authorities said the 19-year-old was considered armed and dangerous.
“One of his charges in the past that he’s accused of is he broke a window pane and took a piece of glass and tried to stab a Salisbury detective about a month ago,” Auten said at a press conference Thursday morning.
When Salisbury officers went to a house on South Lee Street Tuesday, police said he ran from the home but was caught shortly after near South Railroad Street.
Johnson continued to resist officers until he was placed in a restraining chair in the detention center, Auten said.
Johnson was in jail under a $25,000 bond for the robbery charge. He was given an additional $500 bond for resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer.
But after Johnson’s first appearance in court Wednesday, authorities only had a release order for the $500 bond, Auten said.
Johnson did not return to the bondsman to finish paper work.
“It’s obvious he knows he’s not supposed to be a free man,” Auten said.
Investigators were  reviewing surveillance footage from the detention center, as well as surrounding areas, Thursday morning.

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