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Wanted man in Ravalli County arrested after two weeks on run

Forty-year-old Justin Odean Johnson was arrested at a residence south of Hamilton
Posted at 3:22 PM, Dec 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-21 17:22:40-05

HAMILTON — A man wanted by Ravalli County authorities for over two weeks was arrested Friday.

Forty-year-old Justin Odean Johnson was arrested at a residence south of Hamilton.

Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton said detectives were investigating a citizen's tip on Johnson's location and confirmed he was hiding there.

Deputies located and arrested Johnson without incident.

Johnson was taken to the Ravalli County Detention Center for criminal felonies of endangerment and criminal mischief.

He is also being charged with reckless driving, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, and three contempts of court warrants.

The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office has been actively looking for Johnson since December 5th, when Johnson ran from Law Enforcement including Ravalli County Sheriff's Deputies, Montana Highway Patrol, and Montana Fish and Game Wardens.

Johnson was in possession of a stolen vehicle at that time and escaped by running from law enforcement on foot in the Sapphire foothills east of Corvallis and Hamilton.

During the investigation to locate Johnson, the RCSO discovered numerous thefts and seized many items believed to be stolen.

Citizens are encouraged to inventory construction sites, storage units and outbuildings for property that might have been stolen.

Sheriff Holton thanked the citizens who have provided tips on Johnson's location and especially the RCSO Detectives and Patrol Deputies that have spent considerable time investigating and looking for Johnson for the last 15 days.