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Shooting Suspect Captured by Police

August 4, 2012
By MARK LAW For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

STEUBENVILLE - A man who allegedly fired an AK-47 during a gunfight on July 2 and has eluded police capture was apprehended Friday morning at a house in Smithfield.

Antonio Johnson, 23, was wanted on numerous charges, including attempted murder, out of the county grand jury. Steubenville Police Chief William McCafferty said authorities received an anonymous tip that Johnson was located at 1306 Main St., Smithfield. The Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service were allowed to enter the home by a resident. McCafferty said Johnson was taken into custody without incident.

A gun was found at the home but the resident said it belonged to her, the chief said.

The resident also claimed she didn't know Johnson was inside the home, McCafferty said.

Johnson was one of three men indicted in connection with a shots fired incident on July 2 in the 1500 block of Orchard Street. Stedmund C. Creech, 23, of 1305 Wellesley Ave. and Rolland K. Owens, 22, of 453 Canton Road, Wintersville, were in a vehicle that had pulled over in front of a house on Orchard Street, according to the Jefferson County Prosecutor's office. Johnson pulled up in another vehicle and began firing shots at Creech and Owens with an AK-47 assault rifle, the prosecutor's office said.

Shots were returned at Johnson, who drove away in a vehicle that was found wrecked and abandoned in the 1500 block of Plum Street. The AK-47 was found by police on the ground. The windshield of that vehicle was damaged by one of the returned gunfire.

Owens was arrested later that day by police. Creech is still on the run and wanted by police.

Creech was indicted on three counts of having a weapon as a convicted felon and single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.

Owens was indicted on single counts of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.

Johnson was indicted on single counts of attempted murder and felonious assault, with gun specifications, having a weapon as a convicted felon and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle. Johnson and Creech were indicted earlier this week each on a charge of escape for failing to report to their state parole officer.

Johnson was being held at the county jail without bond, pending his common pleas court arraignment on Aug. 15.

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