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Henry County felon indicted for taking rifle to Forest Park school

— By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A McDonough man who served prison time for drug possession and burglary has been indicted in Clayton County in three separate cases, including one where police allege he brought a sawed-off rifle onto campus at Huie Elementary School.

Indictments were returned against Richard Preston Johnson, 24, for a variety of allegations, starting with a Halloween incident — 26 days after his release from state prison. According to court documents, Johnson was charged with burglary at a home on Pineridge Drive in Forest Park, Violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substances Act and escape.

The following month, police charged Johnson with carrying a sawed-off 7.62-caliber rifle onto the grounds at Huie Elementary School in Forest Park. He is also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Nov. 28 alleged incident.

Johnson was arrested again in January. He was indicted for robbery by force in a Jan. 21 alleged incident when police said he stole jewelry and money from a man. He was also indicted for reckless conduct because he failed to tell a Clayton County police officer searching his body that he had syringes in his pockets, the documents allege.

During the same incident, police said Johnson allegedly escaped from Southern Regional Medical Center, taking police-issued handcuffs with him. He faces charges of obstruction of a police officer, theft by taking, escape and giving a false name.

He is being held in the Clayton County Jail. Georgia Department of Corrections records show Johnson served about nine months in state prison after being convicted in Henry County for possession of methamphetamine, burglary, obstruction of an officer and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

He was released from state prison Oct. 5.

In other indictments:

• Roberta Denise Tidwell was indicted for cruelty to children in the first degree and battery in an alleged April 27 incident.

• Niska Yaphet Hambrick was indicted for two counts of serious injury by vehicle, endangering a child for allegedly driving under the influence while transporting a child under 14. Police said he caused an accident March 18 on Fitzgerald Road.

• Keva Evette Lewis was indicted on four counts each of cruelty to children in the first degree and contributing to the deprivation of a child.

• Gary Darnell Stroud Jr. was indicted for robbery by sudden snatching for allegedly taking a cell phone from a man May 14.

• Lionel Paul Scott, 31, of Morrow was indicted for possession of a firearm during the commission of stalking, stalking, simple battery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and firing a weapon near the roadway. He is being held in the Clayton County Jail.

• Jemile Markey Thomas, Dominique Lamar Gramble and Brookes Denzill Woods were indicted for theft by receiving stolen property. Police said the three possessed a 9 mm pistol in March that had been reported stolen. Gramble, 24, of Sarasota, Fla., is also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Thomas, 29, also of Sarasota was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Davineo Christopher Bigsby, Jerrell Trenton Corey and Tamorris Dtron Tyler were indicted for allegedly shoplifting five desktop computers from Wal-Mart. Corey, 21, of Stone Mountain was also indicted for forgery in the second degree. Prosecutors said Corey had five counterfeit $100 bills and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

• Nikie Shaunte Jones was indicted for aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act and aggravated assault.

• Jesus Carmona Jr. was indicted for theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, obstruction of an officer and multiple traffic violations.

• Jimmy Fitzgerald Brewer and Tagnita Chantall Stewart were indicted for allegedly shoplifting a computer and cutting pliers from Wal-Mart, criminal trespass and possession of tools used for the commission of a crime. Brewer was indicted on a second count criminal trespass.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt. All defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.