Local theft suspect nabbed in Ponchatoula

Published 4:13 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson announced Friday that a Washington Parish woman had been arrested in Tangipahoa Parish on an outstanding warrant for a burglary in Washington Parish.

Layrisson said that Ashley Johnson, 32, was wanted on an aggravated burglary warrant.

According to Layrisson, on the night of Thursday, May 17, Ponchatoula Police Department detectives received information that Johnson was recently involved in a theft of firearms in Washington Parish and was believed to be in Ponchatoula. Officers were able to locate Johnson at a home on South 2nd Street and place her under arrest without incident, Layrisson said.

During the arrest, officers were able to recover the stolen AR-15 from the burglary. Johnson was booked as a fugitive and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

On Friday, Johnson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on the charges of aggravated burglary, theft of a firearm, and failure to appear. Her bond was set at $12,750.