Johnson was arrested without incident at a job site in Exeter, RI. He was arraigned later on a warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice and is expected to be held pending extradition to Alabama.
The arrest stems from an investigation into an incident on March 5, when a motorist notified Narragansett police that a tree limb had fallen on his car while crews were cutting limbs from a tree at the intersection of West Moreland and Walnut streets.
Narragansett police identified Johnson as a member of the tree-cutting crew. He said he had been working for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Exeter for an unspecified period of time to assist with storm cleanup,
Several days later, Narragansett police learned there was an outstanding warrant for Johnson’s arrest on a charge of first-degree rape from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in Wedowee, AL. They notified the Fusion Center, which alerted the Violent Fugitive Task Force of the warrant.
Members of the Violent Fugitive Task Force arrested Johnson earlier today, when he reported to work at another cleanup site in Exeter.