Huntsville mall security catches murder suspect in shoplifting arrest

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 1:40pm

Authorities were able to catch a murder suspect during the arrest of a shoplifter at a mall in Huntsville.

According to the Huntsville Police Department, officers were dispatched to the West Hill Mall in reference to a shoplifter in custody of security. The suspect, Anthony Johnson, 22, had allegedly taken clothing from a store in the mall without paying. Security followed Johnson outside the mall and, with the help of a concerned citizen, held him until police arrived.

Investigators later determined Johnson had an active capital murder warrant from the Houston Police Department. The suspect was also charged with theft , possession of stolen firearm, unlawful possession of firearm by felon, fail to ID and public intoxication.

A second suspect, Darkeis Cartwright, 23, was taken into custody by the responding officers. This lead to the suspect vehicle and the recovery of stolen property. Cartwright was charged with possession of illegal smoking product, possession of drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication.

As part of this ongoing investigation, Huntsville Police Department detectives identified stolen property in Johnson's vehicle from a recent burglary within the city of Huntsville. Huntsville detectives are working closely with Houston detectives and other surrounding agencies to identify additional stolen property.


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