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Contra Costa DA Announces Arrest and Charges Against a Defendant in Retail Theft and Carjacking

by ECT
District Attorney

Martinez, CA – The Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton announced today that the District Attorney’s Office has charged Philander Johnson (30) in a four-count felony complaint with Robbery, Assault with a Deadly Weapon and two counts of Carjacking for Kidnapping.

The charges stem from the November 24, 2021, crime spree which began at the Ace Hardware in Blackhawk and culminated in Johnson’s arrest in San Ramon.

“This brazen crime spree is a flagrant violation of community safety,” said District Attorney Diana Becton. “My office is working in a coordinated effort with law enforcement partners throughout the Bay Area to identify perpetrators of organized retail theft. Those who engage in such criminality will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office.”

Johnson and two unidentified individuals entered the Blackhawk Ace Hardware and attempted to flee with several power tools in hand. When confronted by store staff, Johnson brandished a knife and effectuated his escape. Separated from his accomplices, Johnson proceeded into a nearby parking lot and entered the car of an unwitting motorist. Johnson held the driver at knife point and commanded the victim drive him out of the immediate area.

Johnson arrived in San Ramon, abandoning the first carjacking victim to enter a second occupied vehicle. Johnson threatened the unwitting occupant to drive him away. Law enforcement in the area were able to observe the suspicious nature of the activity and conducted a traffic stop, assisting the victim driver and apprehending Johnson. Johnson is pending adjudication of an unrelated shoplifting case which had previously been filed in August 2021. Johnson is in custody awaiting arraignment.


Case information: People v. Philander Johnson 01-197695-0

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Becton has to go! Nov 30, 2021 - 1:26 pm

Notice as elections are nearing how the corrupt DA Becton is suddenly in the press actually prosecuting criminals. She has completely failed in upholding her oath. She is loyal only to her financier George Soros. Becton is corrupt and is a huge part if the reason CC County has been besieged in crime.

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