Jonita Lynn Johnson, 23, was in the Calhoun County Jail on a $200,000 cash bond, charged with first-degree robbery. Anniston investigators said that around 10:45 p.m. on Jan. 1, Johnson tricked a male acquaintance into coming inside a trailer located in the 900 block of West 42nd Street under the pretense it was her home.
Investigators said the trailer was actually a vacant residence located close to the trailer where Johnson lives.
The man told police he’d met Johnson earlier that day and had traded phone numbers with her. When he entered the home, police said a male accomplice of Johnson’s pointed a handgun at the victim and attempted to steal money from him.
The victim said he turned around and ran back out of the house.
While the victim was running to his gold Kia Forte, parked in the front of the residence, he heard gunshots fired behind him, police said.
One of those bullets hit the driver-side door of the Kia, and the man kept running past it, even though his son and nephew, both 7-year-olds, were sitting in the car, Sgt. Fred Forsythe said.
The victim kept running until he found a hiding place, then called a friend to come pick him up to drive him back to his car and son thirty minutes later.
Neither the victim, nor the children in his care were injured during the incident, Forsythe said.
After a month-long investigation, police were able to identify Johnson as the female suspect in the case.
Investigators said they also have identify a man they believe was Johnson’s accomplice, but didn’t release the suspect’s identity, because the man had not been located by Tuesday evening.
Johnson faces a March 8 court date.
Contact Star Staff Writer Cameron Steele at 256-235-3562.