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Lincoln deputies catch Wal-Mart robbery suspect


Staff Writer

A Newton man accused of his involvement in a common-law robbery last month at a Gaston County Wal-Mart was apprehended Tuesday during a traffic stop in Lincoln County.

Cherryville police said Dana Nile Johnson, 45, knocked an elderly man to the ground while in line at the store on Lincolnton Highway on Jan. 29.

The incident occurred just before 9 p.m., police said.

The victim had just placed money on the counter near the register when Johnson grabbed it, sending both of them to the floor, before Johnson fled the property, according to Cherryville officers.

Earlier this month, the department released video surveillance of the incident and the suspect’s image to the public, seeking their help in identifying him.

Lincoln County deputies stopped the suspect’s vehicle around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of N.C. 182 and Shoal Road, Cherryville police said.

Detective Mark Stout with the Gaston County agency secured warrants against Johnson a day earlier.

According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Johnson is no stranger to the prison system. He spent nearly two years in a state correctional facility for similar crimes committed across the country over the years.

In 2010, he was found guilty in Lincoln County of felony breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods and larceny after breaking and entering.

Four years earlier, a Texas judge convicted him of felony robbery, NC DOC showed.

Johnson also had a wrongful breaking and entering offense, a misdemeanor, added to his record in 1986. The crime also took place in Lincoln County.

He is currently being held in the Gaston County jail under a $5,000 bond and faces one felony count of common law robbery.



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