Man made knife from toothbrush while in Rowan County Jail, report says



Posted: May 20, 2013 1:17 PM

EDT Updated: May 20, 2013 1:17 PM EDT

By David Whisenant – bio | email

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – A man who was already in jail is now facing more

charges for fashioning a knife out of a toothbrush in the Rowan County Detention Center.

Willie James Johnson Jr., 20, of S. Merritt Avenue, was charged with misdemeanor possession of weapon by a prisoner, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

He was issued a secured $5,000 bond on that charge, increasing his total bond to $91,000.

Deputies in the jail broke up a fight last week, but when they looked at surveillance video, they noticed Johnson reached down for something near his leg. Deputies say the object turned out to be a toothbrush with some kind of blade on the end.

Johnson, the same inmate who was mistakenly released from jail in 2011, was charged in January with flooding his cell and striking a detention center officer.

Johnson was released by mistake when a misplaced warrant allowed him to post a lower bond than he was actually being held under.

In 2011, Johnson was also charged with robbing a Salisbury Domino’s Pizza.

The Salisbury Police charged Johnson with robbing two Norfolk Southern train operators at gunpoint. Johnson was convicted in 2012 of possession of stolen goods and two counts assault on an officer.

In that case Johnson was involved in a foot chase with a Salisbury police detective near the VA hospital. After he was arrested, Johnson hurled a stream of profanity at EMS workers who were trying to treat him for cuts he suffered after crashing through the window of an empty house.

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