UPDATED 3/25/12 at 9 am: Robbery/homicide suspect Timothy Johnson was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators in South Los Angeles Saturday night. LASD Inmate information records put Timothy Johnson’s arrest time at 7:10 p.m. Saturday. He is being held without bail, and he is due in court at the Antelope Valley Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, according to the information in the LASD Inmate Information System.
The Homicide Bureau scheduled a press conference for Monday to announce details of Johnson’s arrest. We will have more information on Johnson’s arrest as it becomes available.
Updated 3/26/12: The press conference on the details of Johnson’s arrest is now scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster Station.
LANCASTER – Authorities have identified the gunman who robbed a computer store in Lancaster Friday afternoon and killed its owner.
Timothy Johnson, 24, has been identified as the man who robbed e-Chaps Computer store around 4 p.m. Friday, and shot and killed owner Reed Keith, 59, according to Nicole Nishida of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
Johnson is described as a 6-foot, 2-inch Black male with a dark complexion and a closely shaved head, said Nishida.
Johnson weighs about 170 pounds, she added.
Officials Saturday released a previous booking photo of Johnson, taken when Johnson was arrested for Possession of Marijuana in 2007. Information on where Johnson was arrested in 2007, whether he was actually charged or if he served any jail time in connection to the previous charge was not immediately available Saturday morning.
Authorities do not know whether Johnson is from the Antelope Valley, and do not know of any areas where Johnson is known for frequenting, Nishida said.
“That’s why we are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him and his whereabouts,” she said. “So if they have any information, they should call Sheriff’s homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.”
Authorities said Johnson was wearing ski mask and hood and carrying a backpack and rolling suitcase, when he charged into e-Chaps Computer store at 2007 W. Avenue K. The thief shot store owner Reed Keith multiple times before escaping in a dark colored sedan, officials said.
Hours after the shooting, detectives believed they had tracked Johnson to a home in the 43000 block of Grange Street in Lancaster.
Dozens of deputies and members of the Special Enforcement Bureau surrounded the home and engaged in an armed standoff late Friday, but Johnson escaped capture and officials disbanded around 2 a.m. Saturday.
Authorities are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Timothy Johnson, 24, to contact Sheriff’s homicide detectives at 323-890-5500.
* An earlier version of this story had an incorrect weight for Timothy Johnson. Johnson is about 170 pounds.