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Accused Murderer Charged in Collingswood Carjacking, Gas Station Attack

Collingswood police initially believed Zedrick T. Johnson of Willingboro to have been unconnected with the Collingswood crimes. Johnson was captured Feb. 22 in connection with a murder in his hometown.

Less than a year after he was released from prison, 34-year-old Zedrick T. Johnson could be headed back there soon, and for a long time.

Collingswood Police believe the Willingboro man, who was apprehended in Camden City Feb. 22 on murder and robbery charges, is also the man who stabbed and robbed a Gulf gas station attendant Feb. 15 and carjacked a vehicle on Pacific Avenue on Feb. 21.

They announced formal charges in connection with those incidents Tuesday.

In the Feb. 15 gas station robbery and assault, Collingswood Police charged Johnson with first-degree armed robbery, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. His bail was set at $211,000 for those counts.

In the Feb. 21 carjacking incident that occurred in the 100 block of Pacific Avenue in Collingswood, Johnson was charged with first-degree carjacking, third-degree terroristic threats, third-degree possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. His bail for those charges was set at $161,000.

Reports linking Johnson to those incidents were downplayed initially by investigators, as was his possible connection to the robbery of a Delran gas station on Feb. 21—an incident in which Johnson is no longer sought.

Johnson also is likely to be formally charged by authorities in Camden City for the multiple reported carjackings and attempted carjackings that preceded the Pacific Avenue carjacking, police say.

Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo credited the Camden City Police Department with helping coordinate its investigation.

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Sean Andrew March 05, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Lock him up for a year and put him back on the street to try again. He is probably a good boy. Aren't they all?
Maryann Campling March 06, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Another piece of garbage who will get a public defender, "room and board", medical care, re-hab, etc. all at our expense....bring back the chain gang! Make them earn their keep....
Collingswoodnative March 06, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Career criminal, he'll be back after "rehabilitation", the wheels on the bus go round and round.
Pete March 06, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Scumbag ! ! ! ! Please warm up the electric chair.
Jeremiah Wright March 06, 2013 at 11:04 PM
"third-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of a weapon " The audacity! Didn't he know that NJ has some of the toughest gun in the country? You mean he didn't have a copy of the NJAC on him when apprehended? Its almost like he didn't care or something. Like maybe laws don't apply to him? I'm sure the next round of laws will do the trick though. Yay legislators! - Lets make it harder for homeowners or gas station owners to own firearms!!
Ruth Rouff March 07, 2013 at 12:45 AM
It's not hard for homeowners or gas station owners to own guns. Stop whining.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Nobody's been convicted yet. We also don't do the chair here anymore.

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