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Man charged with criminal homicide in Chambersburg man's death

February 06, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- The Chambersburg Police Department on Tuesday obtained a warrant charging Juan R. Johnson with criminal homicide in the death of a man found dead in a stolen vehicle in Harrisburg, Pa., over the weekend.

Police are looking for Johnson, 24, no fixed address, who earlier had been charged with stealing the 2000 Ford Excursion in which the body of Gregory J. Street was found Saturday morning. Street was awaiting trial on firearms charges in Franklin County and had assault convictions in South Carolina, according to court records.

Street, 24, of 308 E. Washington St., last was seen alive in the vehicle with a man the owner identified as "Juan," police said. Shelby Flythe, also of 308 E. Washington St., told police she was Street's girlfriend and that she had parked across the street from her home about 4:30 p.m. to go inside and use the bathroom.

Flythe left the vehicle running with Streets in the front passenger seat and "Juan" sitting behind him, police said.

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When she came out of the house, she saw "Juan" driving the Excursion west on East Washington, onto South Third Street and then north onto South Second Street, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The affidavit did not indicate that Flythe saw Street in the Excursion as it sped away.

Street was to have appeared in Franklin County Central Court Tuesday on charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and public drunkenness, stemming from an incident at Dilly's at 642 Lincoln Way West on the morning of Jan. 13, according to court records.

Police said Street was drunk, bumping into customers and about to start a fight with one when the bouncer intervened. The bouncer was slugged and Street was charged with simple assault, criminal mischief and public drunkenness, police said.

Street, aka "G-Money," had also been charged in an Aug. 24 incident outside Rob n' Dara's at 464 Hollywell Ave., according to court records. Police responded to a report of a fight in progress and, when they arrived, owner Rob Taylor pointed to a man in a hooded sweat shirt and told officers he was armed with a gun.

The man ran off, but police later were called by a man who found a .357 Ruger revolver in the bushes to the rear of a house in the 400 block of South Main Street. Taylor also picked Streets out of a photo lineup as the man who waved the gun at people in the parking lot.

Street was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, carrying an unlicensed firearm and receiving stolen property, police said. The revolver had been stolen from a Newville, Pa., man, police said.

Street was in jail from Aug. 26 to Oct. 12 on those charges, according to jail records. He spent one day in jail following the Jan. 13 incident.

Street gave police his Chambersburg address after he was charged in August, but told police he lived in Orangeburg, S.C., when he was charged last month.

The Aug. 24 criminal complaint noted Street had been convicted of felony assault in Dorchester County, S.C. He also was wanted for failing to appear in court in St. George, S.C., on a third offense of driving under suspension, according to a Municipal Court official.

An official with the Dorchester County Clerk of Courts said Streets was convicted of assault and battery in 2001 and was given a three-year suspended sentence with a year on probation. In 2002, the official said, Street again was convicted of assault and given a 10-year suspended sentence with five years in prison.

Johnson, aka Juwan Johnson or "J," is known to frequent Chambersburg, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, police said. In 2004, he spent 10 days in jail in Norristown, Pa., after being charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Johnson pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge in 2005 and the other charges were dismissed, according to Montgomery County Court records.

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