Jail administrator aids in capture of wanted fugitive
By Sparta Live | December 24, 2012 12:00 am
On Dec. 11, a suspicious man in the foyer of the White County Justice Center set off an alarm for jail administrator Major Joe Taylor, who recognized him as a wanted fugitive and aided in the suspect’s apprehension.
According to Public Information Officer Detective Chris Isom, Major Taylor was in the foyer of the Justice Center when he noticed a man who appeared to be acting suspicious, wearing a hooded sweatshirt with the hood over his head while accompanying someone into court.
The suspect’s suspicious behavior drew the attention of Major Taylor, who quickly recognized him as Jason Wayne Johnson, who had three warrants for his arrest for violation of probation since 2009.
These charges reportedly stem from violations such as failing to report to his probation officer and nonpayment of court and supervision fees.
Det. Isom says that Warrants Officer Allan Hale went into the courtroom and took Johnson into custody.
Johnson is being held without bond on two of the charges at the White County Jail. The third charge carries a $5,000 bond.
His first court appearance was held in the Circuit Criminal Court on Dec. 13.