Wake County crime spree suspect pleads guilty

Man was accused of robbing people at their homes during a two-week crime spree across Wake County last year
January 23, 2014 1:09:28 PM PST
The man accused of robbing people at their homes during a two-week crime spree in Wake County last year, pleaded guilty to the string of robberies Thursday.

Walter Johnson pleaded guilty to a total of 25 charges for the string of robberies and kidnappings in northwest Raleigh and other Wake County neighborhoods between September and October 2013.

The charges were related to the offenses committed during crimes that occurred:

  • September 22 in the 4800 block of Pleasant Valley Road (RPD);
  • September 22 in the 4300 block of Furman Hall (RPD);
  • September 24 in the 1000 block of Collins Drive (RPD)
  • September 25 in the 1400 block of Hopson Downs Court (WSO);
  • September 26 in the 5000 block of Stonebridge Drive (WSO);
  • September 27 in the 4900 block of Wynneford Way (WSO);
  • October 4 in the 2400 block of Chelmsford Drive (WSO); and,
  • October 8 in the 6200 block of Ridgefield Street (WFPD).

Many of the victims were held up at gunpoint as they returned to their homes. Some were forced to drive to ATMs to withdraw cash.

According to warrants, Johnson told officers "You guys got me," at the time of his arrest.

Johnson was arrested on Oct. 13 during a police stop on Glenwood Avenue near Pleasant Valley Road after sources told ABC11 his wife called 911.

In a recording of the call obtained by ABC11, a woman told an operator that she had information about "the man that has been doing the women robberies."

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Warrants showed police seized more than 100 items from Johnson's home including cash, coins, TVs, guns, iPads, computers, and jewelry.

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Johnson is slated to have a sentencing hearing in the next 90 days.

He previously served prison time for other armed robbery convictions in Orange County. According to an arrest report, Johnson is a server at the Washington Duke Golf Club in Durham. Online reports show he is also the owner of 1855 Media, which is a web development and marketing company.

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