Good that the first victim of this spree wasn't killed, good that no officers were injured, good that this guy won't hurt anyone else
It happened last night, actually started Wednesday evening as a local college instructor was going to her car, he attempted to assault or carjack her (we'll never know for sure) and she fought him. She got her head split open but attracted enough attention that he ran off. She had to go to the hospital with her head injuries. Kudos to her for not laying down and giving in to his will. I just wish she would have been better equipped to stop his action
edited: new information just discovered....she was in her vehicle and he was not letting her out, so she went to fighting him
Then a few hours later he robbed 2 people outside a bar and stole their car. One of our officers spotted the vehicle and he began to run before the lights/siren came on. Pursuit began and reached over 100mph on the Interstate.
Got spike strips on him and got one tire and he exited the interstate. Another set of spike strips got more tires and the pursuit continued on the frontage road. The stolen vehicle veered off the road and crashed into a business. The tires were still spinning and caught the grass on fire. Had to bust out the window to get the car shut off and the driver was found to have shot himself in the head.
Man Leads Police on High Speed Chase, Kills Himself - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo, TX: newschannel10.com
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Amarillo, Texas - A man leads police on a high speed chase through Amarillo... Then takes his own life.
That high speed chase was the culmination of several crimes committed by 24-year-old Dyone Dewayne Johnson in just a few hours.
The first was when he attempted to carjack an Amarillo College teacher in the Washington Street parking lot around 8:45 Wednesday night... Hitting her in the head with a gun before taking off.
Johnson flies under the radar for the next few hours... Until he steals a Chrysler Pacifica from the parking lot at Jo Mama's. He then leads police on a high speed chase through downtown Amarillo... And onto I-27... Where he kept on driving, even over several spike strips... Eventually crashing into Ewing Irrigation.
Potter Randall Special Crimes lt. Gary Trupe says, "he went through the stop sign, through the street sign. Catapults and hits that brick column. That's the only time he stopped. The officers run up to the car, the tires are still spinning, starts the grass on fire. They have to break out the window to actually turn out the ignition of the car."
When when police broke the window, they found a gun on the floor... And realized Johnson shot himself in the head, which caused him to lose control of the car. Police clocked him at speeds near 100 miles per hour during the chase. Johnson didn't have any ID on him, so it took local authorities several hours to figure out who he was.
Lt. Trupe says, "He had tattoos on them that had names of streets and when we ran that through Google we found that those streets were in Lubbock and another street he had in there was a cross street so we figured we were looking for a Lubbock man. A detective down there, when we told him a description of what he had with the tattoos he immediately told us it had to be Dyone Johnson."
Lubbock PD says he was so easy to identify because they'd dealt with him dozens of times. He carjacked a woman in a hastings parking lot just last week.
He was also the main suspect in a car jacking, where the driver got out and fired shots at officers.
That's in addition to aggravated assault, aggravated assault on officers, theft, burglary and evading arrest convictions.
Johnson was just released from prison in January.
Suspect in high-speed chase identified as Lubbock man
Police have identified the man who killed himself following a high-speed chase in Amarillo this morning.
Dyone Deshawn Johnson, 24, of Lubbock, was identified by the tattoos on his body after apparently shooting himself to avoid capture, police said. He had been released from prison Dec. 31.
Johnson was wanted for aggravated assault and multiple carjackings in an alleged two-day crime spree in Lubbock in late March. He was also suspected of shooting at a Lubbock police officer when the officer tried to stop him after another carjacking, authorities said.
His criminal record included numerous assaults, burglary, theft and evading arrest, authorities said.
Lubbock police released Johnson’s picture and warrant information to media Wednesday, asking for help finding him and warning the public he was considered armed and dangerous.
And Johnson allegedly began another crime spree Wednesday night.
He was suspected of a robbery and two attempted carjackings in Amarillo overnight, and led police on a high-speed chase. That chase ended with Johnson’s vehicle crashing into the Ewing Irrigation building at 6664 Canyon Drive early this morning.
Trevor Thompson, general manager of the landscaping supply store, said he was almost physically ill when he got the call from police about 2 this morning. A police officer told him to come to his business, where there had been an accident and somebody had died, but wouldn’t say who it was.
He didn’t know who had died until he arrived at the warehouse, he said.
The unusual sequence of events began when a teacher at Amarillo College was approached by Johnson about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday as she walked to her car after class, police said. Johnson tried to take her vehicle and she resisted, authorities said.
Johnson allegedly struck the teacher in the head with a silver-colored handgun, but the struggle drew the attention of other people in the parking lot.
The suspect ran away on foot, but police were given a detailed description of him.
The woman was taken to the hospital with head wounds.
Police said Johnson later robbed two men in the parking lot of a bar on the 700 block of West 16th Street in Amarillo. Along with their personal items, their Chrysler Pacifica was stolen, police said. An officer spotted the car a few blocks away and began to follow it, waiting for backup, police said.
Johnson fled in the car, leading police on a chase through town, authorities said. Police managed to puncture one tire with a spike strip at Canyon Drive and 45th Avenue, authorities said. The Pacifica continued southbound on Interstate 27 but left the highway at Republic Street, continuing southbound on the access road, police said. Officers again used a spike strip to stop the car, managing to puncture more tires, authorities said.
At Bluebird Street the car left the road and ran over a street sign, several decorative poles and rock landscaping before striking a support column on the Ewing Irrigation building, causing severe damage to the car and building, police said.
Police approached the car and found Johnson in the driver’s seat with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, authorities said. Officers attempted first aid and Johnson was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital, where he died, police said.
Thompson estimated the damage to his building and its grounds in excess of $20,000. The car had plowed through a decorative pond and knocked over decorative poles, which were going to be used in a landscaping class this afternoon. Thompson said the class will probably now be held inside the building.