The police were called to the area of 54th and Franklin Avenue, at about 2 a.m. last Friday morning, for a suspicious subjects call. Three men were walking around in the area and one of Oak Lawn’s citizens called the police.
The police found three males walking on the sidewalk at about 55th Avenue and 99th Street. The three men allegedly told the police that they were “just taking a walk and getting some fresh air”.
When the officer asked the three men for identification, two of the men quickly produced identification with their real names. The third man allegedly jumped into St. Peter denial mode claiming that he didn’t have any identification.
The officer advised the third man that he could look him up on the government computer. The man provided a name of “Jimmy Jones” and a date of birth but that search came up empty. The officer asked for the correct spelling but the man insisted that his name was Jimmy Jones and he knew his own birth date.
The officer again asked if he had any identification and the man insisted that he didn’t have any identification. The officer asked if he could “pat” the man down and was allegedly told “sure go ahead”, which is usually a mistake if you have something to hide.
In any case, the officer conducted a search and allegedly discovered an electronic monitor on the man’s left ankle. He was placed in custody and was asked for his real name. He allegedly told the officer his name is Brandon Johnson and he provided a date of birth that was the same as the fictitious Jimmy Jones birth date.
During a search of Johnson’s information, it was discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for a parole violation. Johnson, understandably didn’t want to go back to prison and allegedly said he lied about his name to prevent that from happening.
The Cook County State’s Attorney approved a felony charge for obstructing justice. Johnson is a 30 year old black male and provided a Harvey address to the police.
Johnson had been on parole since March of 2018 for a conviction for possession or unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. He had been convicted of that crime in 2015 and sentenced to six years in the Illinois State penitentiary. He previously had been convicted, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections for battery in 2011, attempted burglary in 2008, and a narcotics charge in 2007. He most recently had served time in east Moline Correctional center.