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Suspects hide, but can't escape

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A search for a burglary suspect led police to a home where two suspects were holed up inside.

They didn't chose just any hiding spot. They got rather creative, but police still got the best of them.

Police spent a little over an hour waiting outside of a home on Hobson Road where they were told a man wanted for burglary was hiding. But once the police got inside they found out the suspects weren't hiding in a closet, or under a bed. One of the suspects literally fell to their feet.

When Dorothea Morman pulled into her driveway on Hobson Street, she was surprised by what she saw.

"I said what happened!! The first one couldn't tell me anything the other man said he saw a young man go into my house, and I didn't know what to do, I was just afraid."

Morman had no idea that police were looking for 19-year-old Joshua Johns, a teenager wanted for burglary and theft.

"He is an individual who they have been looking at in connection with a number of burglaries that occurred so they are going to question him further to find out more about that," said Phyllis Banks-Whitley of the Albany Police Department.

Law enforcement officers moved their search a few houses down where they thought Johns was hiding.

They spent close to an hour waiting for the suspects to come out, but finally John's mother arrived with a key and let the officers in. But once they got inside, it took them a while before they found the hidden suspects.

Walls was hidden in the ceiling, and Johns was inside an air conditioning duct. "One of the individuals did fall through the ceiling. He is being interviewed right now so he did not sustain any serious injuries," said Banks-Whitley.

Dorthea Morman stood watching just a few houses down, and says she was relieved they caught the guys they were searching for. "Glad! Because I haven't been back to the house since the other police came out."

Both men are at the Dougherty County Jail.

Police say thanks to the community's help with this case the arrest of Joshua Johns was successful. Police say if you ever have just a small piece of information relating to a case, tell an officer because that will be a tremendous help and hopefully lead to a successful arrest.

Joshua Johns is charged with Burglary,  theft by receiving stolen property, and a probation violation.

Joshua Walls is being held on an active probation violation warrant.

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