Update: Joseph Johnson, 33, appeared in Recorder's Court today to face an additional charge related to the April 24 home invasion on Carson Drive.
Johnson pleaded not guilty to the street gang terrorism charge he was issued after police identified him as the president of “Cashout Crips," a criminal gang in Columbus.
He was placed in the Muscogee County Jail without bound, and the case was bound over to Superior Court. When given the chance to testify about his alleged connection to the group, Johnson told Recorder's Court Judge Michael Cielinski that he was a part of a rap group with a similar name. The defendant said he wasn't affiliated with any criminal gangs.
"I don't know what Cashout Crips is," Johnson testified.
Police declined to comment on whether or not they have captured the second home invader, because the incident is under investigation.
Original Story: Police have captured one of two alleged robbers who supposedly shot a man in his Carson Drive home on April 24.
Joseph Johnson, 33, appeared in Recorder's Court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to first-degree home invasion, armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
The defendant was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail. He was denied a bond for the armed robbery charge but issued bonds totaling $100,000 for the remaining charges.
Johnson was arrested at Eagle Trace Apartments 7 p.m. Monday in relation to the armed robbery that occurred in the 1000 block of Carson Drive, police said.
Columbus Police Sgt. Lance Deaton said a man was in his Carson Drive home ironing clothes when Johnson and an unidentified man entered his residence at about 10:15 a.m. The offenders held him and several other occupants at gunpoint and threatened them, the detective testified.
Johnson and his unidentified accomplice allegedly searched the man's home, Deaton said.
At some point during the incident, a struggle ensued between the resident and the armed robbers. During the scuffle, Johnson allegedly shot the man once — at close range — in the chest and the other offender supposedly shot the victim once in the leg.
The shooting caused permanent damage to the man's leg, the detective testified.
"He has severe damage to the lower part of his leg to the point where he still has to walk with a walker," Deaton said. "We literally found huge sections of bone from his leg, where he was shot."
The men took the pile of clothes the man was ironing and an undetermined amount of money. The thieves then fled the scene in a vehicle waiting for them around the corner, Deaton said.
Police said multiple people have reported that they spotted Johnson in the same four-door champagne or gold vehicle that was waiting after the armed robbery. Deaton said the vehicle is either a Toyota Camry or a Lexus.
The search for the second armed robber continues, Deaton said.
According to the Department of Correction's website, Johnson was convicted in Muscogee County for two cocaine-related crimes. Officials said he was sentenced to a total of 22 years for the March 2, 2007 and Sept. 9, 2002 incidents. He was released on parole Jan. 29, 2009.