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Culpeper man charged in vandalism of recycling business

Christopher Wayne Johnson
On Friday, Culpeper police charged a 36-year-old Culpeper man with vandalism at a downtown Culpeper recycling company New Years Eve.

Christopher Wayne Johnson of the 600 block of North Main Street, faces charges of felony vandalism, misdemeanor trespassing and petty larceny regarding two incidents at Wise Services and Recycling in the 700 block of Commerce Street.

In unrelated incidents leading up to the charges at the recycling company, police charged Johnson with three misdemeanor shoplifting counts on three consecutive days, beginning Jan. 1, from the 7-Eleven store in the 800 block of N. Main Street. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Officers began investigating the alleged thefts from the convenience store and developed Johnson as a suspect. When police went to his apartment about 3 a.m., Thursday, to arrest him on a shoplifting warrant, Johnson barricaded himself in his apartment and refused to surrender.

Deputies from the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office assisted town police trying to arrest Johnson, who was uncooperative and armed with several knives that he refused to drop. After a period of time talking with him, a Taser was used to subdue and disarm Johnson, who then was taken into custody. Neither Johnson nor any of the officers were injured.

Once inside the apartment, police noticed suspected drugs and paraphernalia in plain view. Detective Richard Brooking responded to the apartment. He secured and executed a search warrant on Johnson’s residence. aaBased on items that were seen during that search, items were noticed which might be linked to the vandalism at Wise Services and Recycling. A second search warrant was secured and executed at Johnson’s apartment.

Detective Brooking, who was the lead investigator in the vandalism of the recycling business, collected and packaged evidence at Johnson’s apartment and the business to be submitted for analysis by the state crime lab.

The suspect in the recycling business vandalism allegedly cut the chain link fence about 1 a.m., Dec. 31, 2012 and cut and damaged numerous electrical wire and cables, police said. The suspect allegedly came back a second time that day about 10 p.m., but he was apparently scared off by the owner.

Possible drug charges are pending following lab analysis of the recovered items.
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