Burglary suspect remains at large
by Wes Mayer
Coweta County authorities have placed a lookout notice on Antonio Terrell Johnson, 34, the man who eluded deputies after a high speed chase and crash that totaled a stolen vehicle Monday in north Coweta.
According to investigators, Johnson is a career criminal with a history of identity fraud, entering auto thefts, burglaries and possibly even human trafficking. His whereabouts are unknown at this time, but investigators have learned he has ties to Los Angeles and Chicago, and he frequently stays in hotels or extended stay establishments.
On Monday, shortly before midnight, Deputy Josh Windom with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office attempted to perform a traffic stop on Johnson’s vehicle – Windom’s vehicle’s tag reader identified the 2006 BMW 525i as a stolen vehicle out of Atlanta. Johnson, however, increased his speed to more than 100 mph and attempted to elude Windom on Happy Valley Circle.
According to Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the sheriff’s office, during the chase, Johnson attempted to drive around a curve but was unable to stay on the road. Johnson then drove through the grass and collided with several trees at high speed. The force of the impact caused Johnson’s vehicle to travel back into the road and the engine to detach from the car.
Johnson managed to flee the accident on foot, and authorities were unable to locate him. Investigators now believe Johnson broke into a home near the accident and stole one of the homeowner’s vehicles to possibly return to the Atlanta area.
Authorities were able to take the passenger, Kelly Davenport, 24, into custody. She suffered a large laceration to her forehead and some bruising from the crash, Yarbrough said. So far, Davenport has been cooperating in the investigation, and has not received any charges, but she may be charged at a later date, he said.
After the accident, investigators found a number of duffel bags inside and around the BMW. According to Yarbrough, these bags were filled with items investigators have also found to be stolen, including cell phones, laptop computers, cameras, credit cards, gift cards, SIM cards, rare and foreign coins, antique silverware and even some firearms. One of the firearms was found to be stolen from the Atlanta Police Department.
Yarbrough said investigators are still working to contact the owners of the stolen property. Johnson is wanted for theft by receiving, fleeing and eluding officers, burglary and violation of probation.
Authorities are describing Johnson as about 6 feet tall and weighing around 150 pounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Johnson have been asked to contact Investigator Ryan Foles with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office at 678-423-6698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.