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Violent Detroit Parole Absconder Arrested in Vermont

For immediate release

John Curtis, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal

District of Vermont
Burlington, VT
(802) 951-62718

Burlington, VT – The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a fugitive wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections for a Parole violation.

Vernon Johnson, 50, of Detroit, Michigan, was wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections for violating the conditions of his parole from his current sentence for felon in possession of a firearm, second offense.

Johnson is no stranger to the criminal justice system and has a long criminal history dating back to the mid 1990's. His offenses include drugs and weapons, and most recently a 2013 conviction for felon in possession of a firearm, second offence.

Information led the U.S. Marshals to the area of the five corners in Essex Vermont where Johnson was believed to be hiding. On December 2, 2020 U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Essex Vermont Police located and apprehended Johnson while he was walking down Park Street. Johnson initially gave a false name to law enforcement but quickly confirmed his identity.

Johnson is being charged as a fugitive from Justice by the Essex Police Department.

This is yet another great collaboration between the U.S. Marshals and Essex Police to get violent offender in our communities off the streets.

Any further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to the Vermont Department of Corrections or Essex Police Department.

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