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February 20, 2013

Kidnapping suspect charged

JOHNSTOWN — The search for a Johnstown man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint ended Tuesday when the suspect surrendered to police.

Shane Cordarell Johnson, 25, of the 400 block of Coleman Avenue, turned himself in to police, who had been searching for him since Saturday, police Chief Craig Foust said.

In a criminal complaint, city police alleged that Johnson de­manded $600 and drugs when he showed up at the woman’s apartment at the Oakhurst Homes. Johnson allegedly pulled out a black pistol and told the woman he would hurt her if he didn’t get his money.

After the woman called a relative to ask for $300, Johnson allegedly forced her to leave two children, ages 5 months and 7 years, while they went to get the money.

Once they arrived at the second location, police said, the woman was able to run into the home and call police.

She identified Johnson, who fled, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Johnson was charged with kidnapping, simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned by District Judge Michael Musulin of Johns­town and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $100,000 bond.

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