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Carson robbery suspect nabbed in Tahoe

F.T. Norton
Tribune News Service

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The suspect in an early morning armed robbery in Carson City was arrested Wednesday in South Lake Tahoe after a 20-minute foot chase.

Billy Johnson, 25, was arrested at Midway Avenue and Highway 50 West, about three-quarters of a mile from Stateline.

According to Carson City Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Sandage, around 3 a.m. Wednesday Johnson was walking on North Carson Street with a man and woman he had been gambling with. Johnson allegedly pulled out a handgun, struck the man and robbed the woman of $1,140 she had won earlier at a casino.

He then allegedly ran westbound on Bath Street with the other man in pursuit, according to the report. Deputies were unable to locate Johnson.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a security officer at Carson Station spotted a man matching Johnson’s description and called police.

Deputy Bill Richards said when he approached Johnson, the suspect ran off, leaving behind his backpack, which contained a paycheck stub.

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Officers with the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol and Legislative Police, along with a Douglas County tracking dog and Carson City K9, searched the neighborhood between Stewart and Division streets and Ninth and Robinson streets.

Just after 2:30 p.m, a South Lake Tahoe officer spotted Johnson walking along Highway 50 near Park Avenue.

“When he saw the officers he took off running,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. David Stevenson.

Johnson is a suspect in an assault in South Lake on Jan. 21.

He will be booked into the El Dorado County Jail on the assault charge, Stevenson said.

Sandage said the investigation into the Carson City robbery is continuing, and the case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for charges.