Murder Suspect Stopped After Allegedly Shoplifting in Huntsville Mall

HUNTSVILLE - Security at the West Hill Mall in Huntsville detained an alleged shoplifter who turned out to be a capital murder suspect out of Houston.

Anthony Johnson, 22, was stopped by security and a concerned citizen outside the mall when they believed he had taken clothing from a store, according to Huntsville Police. However, it was learned that Johnson had a capital murder warrant from the Houston Police Department.

According to Crime Stoppers of Houston, 35-year-old Jawon Carson was shot in his home and his body was found in December under a bridge. Investigators connected Johnson to the murder.

Johnson also is accused of having stolen property in his vehicle from the Huntsville area. He is charged with theft, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, failure to identify, and public intoxication, all in addition to the capital murder charge.

A second person was arrested at the time Johnson was taken into custody. Darkeis Cartwright, 23, faces charges of possession of illegal smoking product, possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication.

Huntsville PD says they are working with Houston PD and other area agencies to see if Johnson had additional stolen property.

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