Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Additional charges have been added in two separate cases that kept officers from the Lexington Police Department busy Wednesday afternoon and late into the night. One involved a suspect that had barricaded himself in a home, while in the other, a young man shot another man and then fled on foot, sparking a manhunt that lasted for hours.
In the case of Matthew Johns, the young man that had barricaded himself in a home in the Coventry area of Lexington Wednesday and had to be gassed to end the standoff, police have added the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine. A judge set bond at $41,710 with a requirement for GPS monitoring if he is released from the Lexington County Detention Center. He was already charged with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights, Reckless Driving, Leaving the Scene of a Collision, and Driving Under Suspension 2nd Offense soon after he was arrested.
Johns had wreaked havoc several times Monday after he tried to elude arrest in Lexington. In one case, he fled an officer who tried to stop him in a parking lot, almost ran a person down, hit another car, fled that wreck, and continued endangering the public by driving recklessly even though the officer was not actively chasing him at the time.
In the second case, which occurred later Wednesday night, Christian Jeral Williams, age 18, of Gaston was arrested in connection to a shooting that left a person seriously wounded and in the hospital. That occurred at the Town and Country Apartments on the opposite end of town. After Williams apparently shot the man, he fled on foot, causing a manhunt that lasted hours and included multiple officers, K9s, and a helicopter from SLED.
After Williams was arrested, he was originally charged with Assault and Battery – High and Aggravated, Child Endangerment, Discharging a Firearm within Town Limits, and Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime. Officer have now added the charge of Attempted murder to that list of charges. He was denied bond by a judge on Tuesday.
Both Johns and Williams remain at the Lexington County Detention Center early Friday morning.