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February 3, 2010
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UPDATE: Arrest made of armed robbery suspect


The suspect in an early morning armed robbery today and who allegedly fled from deputies hour later, was arrested in South Lake Tahoe after a 20-minute foot chase.

Billy Johnson, 25, was arrested in the area of Midway Avenue and Highway 50 West, about three-quarters of a mile from Stateline, said South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. David Stevenson.

Stevenson said Johnson is a suspect in an assault in South Lake on Jan. 21 outside the Beach Hut Deli on Emerald Bay Road.

Johnson allegedly got into a fight there, breaking a man's nose and knocking out his teeth.

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Carson City deputies are searching for man believed to have been involved in an armed robbery early this morning and who fled from deputies after he was stopped in a casino about 7:30 a.m.

Officers have since determined it is not Joseph Fontie Parrot, 25, who was named earlier as a suspect, said Deputy Bill Richards.

Following the armed robbery of a woman on North Carson Street at 2:52 a.m., deputies gave the suspect description to casino security officers throughout the city.

This morning just before 7:30 a.m. a security officer reported seeing someone matching that description at the Carson Station. When a deputy made contact with the man, he fled across Carson Street leading officers on a search of the old Copeland Lumber yard off Stewart Street.

Cameras at the Legislature captured the suspect shedding his outer clothing as he ran across the lawn.

A tracking dog from Douglas County and Carson City K9 were called out to assist in the search.

Anyone with information is asked to call dispatch at 887-2008.

Carson City Secret Witness will pay up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals committing crimes. If you have any information call (775) 322-4900. The School Secret Witness number is (775) 283-1799. Callers always remain anonymous.



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The Nevada Appeal Updated Feb 3, 2010 10:04PM Published Feb 3, 2010 12:16PM Copyright 2010 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.