The U.S. Marshal Service on Wednesday captured one of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s most-wanted fugitives in Belleville.
The suspect, 40-year-old Juane Johnson of 418 Seminole St. in Tulsa, was wanted on multiple charges: domestic assault, rape, battery resulting in great bodily harm, battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and deadly assault.
Johnson is accused of punching an ex-girlfriend in the face, biting her wrist and striking her with a two-by-four before raping her in July in Tulsa.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Tom Woods was part of the team of federal agents that located Johnson in Belleville. Woods said his team received information from the Tulsa office of the Marshal Service that Johnson was in the area on Sept. 1.
Johnson was located in Belleville at a relative’s apartment in the 500 block of East C Street. He was hiding in an upstairs bedroom, Woods said.
After getting information that led the federal agents to the Belleville apartment, they entered the unit and knocked on the door of an upstairs bedroom. He did not answer the door and did not acknowledge the officers when they called out his name, Woods said. The agents kicked in the bedroom door and found Johnson hiding.
“He said he was sleeping and did not hear the knock or his name being called out,” Woods said.
Surrounded by federal agents, Johnson surrendered peacefully and was carted off by the deputy marshals to the St. Clair County Jail. He was being held there Wednesday afternoon, pending extradition to Tulsa.
Asked whether the family members who reside at the apartment faced any charges, Woods said, “We honestly believe they did not know he was wanted.”
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.