Hearing set for 'reported' son of BOE member

By Curt Yeomans


Dayon Montrell Johnson, who has been identified by a Forest Park Police Department spokesman as the "reported" son of Clayton County Board of Education Member Trinia Garrett, will go before a Clayton County Magistrate Court judge on Oct. 22, according to online court records.

He will face charges of burglary and driving without a valid driver's license, according to the records. The records also show that bond has been set for Johnson at $25,000 for the burglary charge, and $1,000 for the charge of driving without a valid driver's license. The alleged burglary happened on Monday, on Phillips Drive, in Forest Park.

Officials at the Clayton County Jail said Johnson, 19, remained in their custody, as of 7 p.m., on Thursday.

"[Johnson] did, by his own admission, drive another unknown black male subject to [the victim's home], where the unknown black male subject entered the residence with the intent to steal a PlayStation 2," according to a warrantless arrest affidavit filed for Johnson's arrest.

The victim is not being named because of alleged threats made against the individual. A phone number listed for the victim's home rendered a message on Thursday, saying the service on that number had been disconnected.

The affidavit states that the alleged crime occurred on Monday, and court records show the affidavit was filed that day. On Wednesday, Forest Park Police Department spokesman, Maj. Chris Matson, said in written and verbal statements that the crime had occurred on Tuesday, however.

Matson said a police report for the incident was not available Thursday afternoon. A response to a phone call made later Thursday to Matson, concerning the difference in the dates for the crime, had not been received by Thursday evening.

The affidavit states that the victim of the crime came home at 12:30 p.m., on Monday, and saw "Mr. Johnson at the top of the stairs outside the front door of the residence," and confronted him, while watching "the unknown black male inside the residence, walking toward the front door with the PlayStation 2 in his hands."

Johnson and the other suspect fled the victim's home in a red Chevy Equinox, according to the affidavit. On Wednesday, Matson said "an investigation into the burglary led investigators back to" Garrett's house, also on Phillips Drive, and that Johnson was "reported to be her son."

Johnson's attorney of record, Christine Van Dross, could not be reached Thursday.

Attempts to reach Garrett for comment on Wednesday and Thursday were not successful.

Garrett was elected to a four-year term on the board of education in July 2008, and she was immediately appointed by school board members to fill the remaining five and a half months of the unexpired term of her predecessor, David Ashe.