The Sheriff’s Warrant/Fugitive Division reported the arrests of Erick Austin and Johnnie Lee III last week on separate arrest warrants for First Degree Assault that were obtained by County Police on June 2nd 2014 and by the Laurel Police Department on May 19th 2014.
According to the warrant for Austin, he is alleged to have assaulted a female victim, who is his former romantic partner on Queenstown Drive, in Mount Rainer, MD. The warrant further states that each time the victim would try to leave her apartment Austin physically attacked her. He is also alleged to have physically assaulted her at home after kicking her door down and threatening to set her on fire after dousing her with oil.
Deputies’ investigation led them to believe Austin was at the Marvin Gaye Park in Washington D.C. With the assistance of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and after a short foot pursuit Austin was taken into custody and transported to an MPD station where he is awaiting extradition back to Prince George's County MD. He was also charged with Second Degree Assault.
The warrant for Lee states that on March 29th 2014, he and two juvenile male accomplices allegedly assaulted a male victim during a botched sale for a dirt bike that was arranged on Craig’s List. The warrant further states that during the transaction Lee and his accomplices fled with the dirt bike during the test drive and that as the victim attempted to confront them a weapon was pointed at him.
After investigation, Deputies located Lee at a residence in the 14000 block of Ashford Ct. in Laurel, MD. He was taken into custody and transported to Hyattsville Regional Processing.
Lee is also charged with Armed Robbery, Firearm Use/ Felony Violent Crime, and Theft Less than $1,000.
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