Marshall police search for man who escaped from custody

Thursday, August 27, 2009
Johnson

Marshall police issued a press release Thursday morning, Aug. 27, regarding the escape of a man arrested Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Early Wednesday evening, the release states, police received a report that Albert J. Johnson, 38, who was wanted in connection with a previous domestic assault, was seen in the area of Pinewood Circle.

Officers went to that location and arrested Johnson, who was found to be in possession of a stolen handgun, according to the release.

Johnson was transported to the Marshall Police Department for booking. During that process, "Johnson escaped custody by running out" through an open door, reads the release.

Johnson was last seen running north near ConAgra Foods.

Marshall officers, with help from Saline County Sheriff's deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, searched for Johnson but were unable to find him.

The release describes Johnson as standing about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 193 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, silver basketball shorts and tennis shoes.

"He has known to be violent in the past," states the release.

Marshall Assistant Chief of Police David Roscher said he has heard of rumors that Johnson has been involved in a murder, but said, "We have no indication that he's ever been involved in a murder."

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts is asked to contact MPD at 660-886-7411.

Contact Geoff Rands at marshallreporter@socket.net

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  • So,

    Where was this groovy new K9 unit we see all over town? They couldn't find him? Is the dog still under warranty?

    -- Posted by What the f...... on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 1:21 PM
    Response by Geoff Rands/Staff writer:
    The dog, Boomer, is not a tracker. He is only used to detect the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

    www.marshallnews.com/story/1558886.html

  • Nice that is all I cam say to be respectful!

    -- Posted by Curiousintown on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 2:27 PM
  • Uhm..Why were there open doors in the first place? Very nice.

    -- Posted by MG2008 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 2:43 PM
  • The dog won't be able to sniff him out even if they have a piece of clothing?? This is WILD!!

    -- Posted by jobcore on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 3:18 PM
  • Takes years to train police dogs. And yes they are specialized due to the type of training so it would make sense that a drug dog and search dog would be different. I agree with why was there an open door & why was he not handcuffed? It was my understanding a prisoner is in handcuffs until they are put into their cell (if not they should be). As someone who lives just a few blocks from the jail I find this very disapointing and embarrasing for the local police!!

    -- Posted by oldschool17 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 3:25 PM
  • good ole marshall police department, bet there was at least 10 cops there,, so he,probably should of got away!!!

    -- Posted by BOBCAT on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 3:59 PM
  • What Marshalls finest in action. Give me a break, bet a donut wouldn't have gotten away....

    -- Posted by cpcrazy21 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 4:52 PM
  • Marshall Assistant Chief of Police David Roscher said he has heard of rumors that Johnson has been involved in a murder, but said, "We have no indication that he's ever been involved in a murder." NOTHING LIKE A GOOD RUMOR!!!SWEET!!!!!!

    -- Posted by chuckhaynie on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 6:45 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Part of our job is to address rumors, if possible. We don't include them unless we have a trustworthy source who can confirm or refute a rumor. In this case, we did.
  • RUN FORRESRT RUNNNNNNNNNNN !!!

    -- Posted by gokinser11 on Thu, Aug 27, 2009, at 9:43 PM
  • where the hell is pinewood circle? i just mapquested it, don't see it for marshall.

    glad to see our assistant police chief is dealing in rumors ... maybe he should just keep his mouth shut?

    i know the southerners in marshall, the high-poulitin people who want their school close to them don't care about this, but ... i don't want this guy running anywhere close to my hood. and the fact that the local police can't even keep a guy under wraps, that concerns me!

    where the hell is an open door in a police department?

    the answer? NOWHERE!

    which makes the us wonder ....

    -- Posted by aikman8 on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 12:23 AM
  • Well I think that we need to get a dog that will find people what the use of having a dog that only finds drugs we could use the dog for things like this.

    -- Posted by fatboy1988 on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 12:52 AM
  • We need to get a dog that will search and find people not one that just does drugs.

    -- Posted by fatboy1988 on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 12:54 AM
  • Assistant, not Assistent....sk-ya doosh....

    -- Posted by onpoint on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 12:57 AM
  • Why in the world would the police say they heard a rumor and then say what they have heard? Thanks Marshall Police for helping spread something to the rest of Marshall that may not have heard before. I hope that when they arrest someone else that they let us know what they may have heard about them even is there are no facts.

    -- Posted by jebbs on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 5:41 AM
    Response by Geoff Rands/Staff writer:
    Assistant Chief Roscher said he wanted to address and dispel rumors that people had already heard. Though more people will eventually be exposed to that rumor because of this, they will also know that Marshall police have no information that suggests it is true, which works to possibly calm some fears.
  • If anyone wants to disagree with the actions or comments of the police in this case, that's fine. Insults and personal attacks will be deleted.

    -- Posted by Eric Crump on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 8:33 AM
  • Another good reason for law abiding citizens to be armed!!!

    -- Posted by Takealoadoff on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 8:46 AM
  • Whoa people!

    My original comment about the dog was pure sarcasm. I knew he's a drug dog.

    The fact is we rarley have enough escapees around here to need a tracking dog.

    -- Posted by What the f...... on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 1:20 PM
  • "OPEN DOOR"?? WHATEVER!! LOL WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE TRUTH ON THIS ONE..

    -- Posted by lhcg on Fri, Aug 28, 2009, at 10:44 PM
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