The U.S. Marshalls, Memphis Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have named a 23-year-old Justin Johnson one of the suspects in the murder of rapper Young Dolph in Makeda’s Homemade Cookies store in Memphis, Tennessee, on Nov. 17, 2021.
A first-degree murder warrant has been issued for Johnson by the Police and the other authorities and Crime Stoppers, are offering a combined reward of up to $15,000 for any information leading to his capture.
U.S. Marshals are offering up to $10,000 and MPD and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $2,500 for Johnson’s arrest.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 5, 2022
According to the statement posted on Memphis Police Department Twitter account on Wednesday, Johnson has been described as approximately 5’8″ and 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and a tattoo that reads “Jaiya” on his right arm.
The statement also mentioned that the suspect has an outstanding warrant for violation of federal supervised release out of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
“Johnson has ties to organized criminal gangs and should be considered armed and dangerous,” the statement said. It also noted that Johnson has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “Most Wanted” list.
Memphis City Councilman J.B. Smiley says he hopes Johnson is caught soon.
“Deeply saddened that it’s a young person finding himself in a situation where his life is essentially over,” councilman Smiley said. “It hurts knowing it was a young person. It hurts knowing he took someone who meant so much to the community away from us.”
In the previously released surveillance photos by Memphis police from the day of the shooting, two suspects are shown getting out of a white two-door Mercedes-Benz armed with firearms and approaching Young Dolph whose real name is Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. as he was reportedly buying cookies in a popular local store. The men whose faces were partially covered, shot the 36-year-old rapper several times before fleeing the scene, according to the police.