LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The investigation continues into a West Texas crime spree, even though police say their main suspect is dead. Amarillo Police say 24-year-old Dyone Johnson allegedly took his own life.
Johnson was pronounced dead at an Amarillo hospital Thursday morning and brought to Lubbock for an autopsy. Part of this investigation for both departments will include determining how Johnson got to the Panhandle. A simple Internet search pointed Amarillo authorities to Lubbock.
Lt. Gary Trupe says officers reported speeds between 80 and 100 miles per hour. Amarillo officers used spike strips to stop a wanted man driving a stolen car. "He goes through the stop sign and the street sign and catapults and he hits that brick column and that's the only time he stopped," said Lt. Trupe with the Potter-Randall Special Crimes Unit.
The driver was pronounced dead and fingerprints later confirmed it was Dyone Johnson, but Amarillo investigators called Lubbock detectives early Thursday morning on a hunch. "He had tattoos on him that had names of streets. We ran those through Google and found out those streets were in Lubbock. A detective down there when we told him the description of what we had he immediately told us it had to be Dyone Johnson," said Lt. Trupe.
Detectives recovered a medium caliber revolver on the floor board of the stolen vehicle. Authorities say Johnson allegedly shot himself in the head. APD believes Johnson was involved in two armed robberies – one on the campus of Amarillo College and the other outside a bar downtown.
But back in Lubbock, Captain Greg Stevens say the investigation goes on even though their main suspect is dead. "The biggest reason to continue investigation is to ensure there isn't another person we need to be looking for," said Cpt. Stevens. Johnson remains the primary suspect in two South Lubbock armed robberies, an attempted police shooting and a SWAT standoff. Police say if evidence points to Johnson as the primary suspect, and rules others out, the department will not present a case to the Lubbock District Attorney's Office.
In the meantime, detectives will continue to cull through unsolved cases looking for possible links. "The robbery detectives they are already finding a couple more they think he may be involved in and are having some luck with that," said Cpt. Stevens.
Police expect evidence results on Monday and at that time they hope to have a better idea if Johnson is involved in any other cases. Due to the distance and time between the crimes, detectives expect to look into any incidents that may have occurred between Lubbock and Amarillo.
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