SEABROOK – The United States Marshals confirmed the capture of a Washington, D.C. fugitive who attempted to hide and evade capture from police in Prince George’s County.
Victor Charles Johnson, 29, was wanted for a felony parole violation and had a warrant for his arrest issued on May 8. He was found on May 11 by the USMS-led Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force at a Motel 6 hotel in Capitol Heights, Maryland on May 11.
Johnson was arrested “without incident” at 7 a.m. according to a statement released by the U.S. Marshals on their Twitter account. Nobody was harmed during the arrest, and no extra information has been released at this time.
“I can confirm he was arrested and is in custody,” Lynzey Donahue, public affairs specialist, said on May 13.
Johnson, who also used the allias Charles Johnson, was spotted in a vehicle by task force officers at 2 p.m. on May 8 in D.C. but he was able to get away before being arrested, officials say. He then drove a car down New York Avenue into the county before rear-ending a person’s car on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway exit ramp on Route 50.
Despite crashing his car, Johnson left it at the scene and began to run away on foot to continue evading arrest. Police officials told the assembled media that Johnson was able to walk down into a wooded area under the exit ramp and walk away toward Bladensburg.
He was described as a 6-foot-2 black male, weighing about 300 pounds and sporting a scraggly beard. Johnson was seen wearing a grey New Balance shirt, blue sweatpants and a jean jacket when he evaded officials, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The person in the car Johnson rear-ended was sent to a nearby medical facility for treatment following the crash, but officials say the injuries were “not life-threatening injuries.”
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School and Prince George’s Hospital were temporarily shut down for about two hours as investigators began their search. Prince George’s County, the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police assisted in the search for Johnson.
“Federal marshals do not need our assistance for those kinds of investigations, but they do need help with assisting with road closures and shutdowns,” PGPD Director of Media Relations Jennifer Donelan said. “Often times, they have on standby if they needed extra assistance… However, we would always assist them to make sure our community was informed and that our community was safe.”
According to D.C. court records, Johnson has several drugs and weapons charges on his record, with his most recent confirmed charge in 2016 being on October 28, 2016, for one count of attempted distribution of a controlled substance.
A $2,500 reward for information that led to Johnson’s capture was posted, but officials could not confirm if any information from a tip is what led to his arrest.