North Augusta teen captured in manhunt

David Lee Johnson, 18, was arrested after a man-hunt utilizing SWAT in North Augusta Sunday.

A teenager with a violent history in North Augusta was caught after a man-hunt Sunday, police said.

Officers received a tip that David Lee Johnson, 18, was in the area. Johnson was out on bond for an attempted murder in February where he shot Antonio D. Trusdale outside Carpenter’s Exxon downtown, plus had outstanding warrants from April for pointing and presenting a firearm and failing to stop for blue lights and sirens, Lt. Tim Thornton said in an email.

Because of Johnson’s history with firearms, public safety assembled their SWAT team to arrest Johnson. They found him sitting in a car in the Crestlyn subdivision. When SWAT officers approached Johnson he sped away and nearly hit several kids playing next door, Thornton said.

He wrecked the car soon after and ran off. North Augusta authorities called in the Aiken Bloodhound Team who tracked Johnson to a home on Carolina Springs Road where he was arrested and sent to Aiken County jail.




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