Louisiana man arrested in connection with gun found on elementary school property

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Thibodaux Police Department

THIBODAUX, La. (WDSU) — The Thibodaux Police Department arrested a man in connection with a weapon found on an elementary school property.

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue arrested Deanthony Johnson on suspicion of flight from an officer and carrying a firearm/dangerous weapon on school property/firearm free zone, a felony.

Zeringue said on Monday before noon officers assisted the Lafourche Parish sheriff in recovering a handgun on the property of C.M. Washington Elementary School.

The firearm, which was discovered by a student, was found near the edge of the property and was believed to have been there for several days prior, when the school would have been closed for spring break, according to Zeringue.

Investigators said the recovery of the gun was related to a traffic incident that happened on Monday, April 5, 2021.

On Monday, April 5, 2021, shortly before 2 p.m., a Thibodaux Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2010 white Chevrolet Camaro for a traffic violation, according to Zeringue.

Zeringue said after failing to stop initially, the vehicle did stop near the intersection of Ledet and School streets, at which time two passengers fled on foot from the vehicle in opposing directions.

At this time, the driver later identified as Joshua Johnson attempted to again flee from police in the vehicle, according to Zeringue.

Once realizing that the officer was not giving chase to the fleeing passengers, Mr. J. Johnson again stopped.

A felony traffic stop was then conducted, which led to the apprehension of Johnson, who had an active probation and parole warrant for a parole violation, according to Zeringue.

Zeringue said a search of the vehicle’s interior resulted in the findings of approximately seven grams of suspected marijuana, one of which appeared to be dipped in an unknown substance.

Johnson claimed ownership of the found narcotics and was arrested for turning movements and required signals, violation of probation/parole (felony), flight from an officer & sale or possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Zeringue said Johnson was transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex where he remains on a No Bond Hold.

The investigating officer was able to later positively identify one of the fleeing passengers as Deanthony Johnson, according to Zeringue.

A warrant for the violation of Flight from an Officer was issued for Mr. D. Johnson on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, with a $1,000.00 bond.

The joint investigation that began on Monday, April 12, 2021, after the recovery of the firearm on C.M. Washington’s campus, resulted in Mr. D. Johnson being captured on video surveillance jumping a fenced barrier to enter the south side of the school campus where the weapon was found by the student.

Zeringue said Johnson then fled through campus, before exiting the north end of the property. Mr. D. Johnson was positively identified from several different camera angles.

Officers then secured a second warrant on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for Johnson on the charge of carrying a firearm/dangerous weapon on school property/firearm free zone (felony), with a $25,000.00 bond, according to Zeringue.

Johnson turned himself in Monday to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex where he later posted a $26,000.00 bond.

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