Perdido man arrested for making terroristic threats, eluding officer

Published 7:03 pm Saturday, July 22, 2023

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A Perdido man was arrested July 20 on making terroristic threats, criminal mischief and attempting to elude a police officer, according to the Atmore Police Department.

Public Information Officer Sgt. Darrell McMann said in a release that Joshua Johnson, 23, was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, criminal mischief I and attempting to elude a police officer.

McMann said at approximately 10:15 a.m. on the date of arrest, investigators with the APD attempted to contact Johnson as he was walking near Highway 31.

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“Johnson fit the description of a suspect they were searching for,” McMann said. “The investigators activated their emergency blue lights and instructed Johnson to stop so they could speak with him.”

McMann said then Johnson attempted to flee on foot.

After a brief foot pursuit, Johnson was taken into custody,” McMann said. “The investigators discovered Johnson had several outstanding arrest warrants with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. When Johnson was placed in the rear of a marked police unit, he began kicking the back door of the vehicle causing several thousand dollars in damage. Upon being transported to the Atmore Municipal Jail, Johnson began making threats to one of the officers that he was going to kill the officer and the officer’s family.”

Johnson was later transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.