The US Marshals Service, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Memphis Police Department are on the lookout for Justin Johnson, 23, who they suspect is responsible for Young Dolph’s murder in November 2021.
More information about Johnson’s identity has surfaced, and it appears that he is a rapper who goes by the pseudonym Straight Dropp. People soon uncovered Johnson’s Instagram account once he was recognized, and at least one photo of interest was unearthed. Johnson is wearing a Paper Route Empire charm on his belt in the photo, which was taken just 12 days before Dolph was shot and killed in front of Makeda’s Homemade Cookies in Memphis.
Another photo circulating online shows Johnson standing close to Young Dolph, demonstrating that the two had more in common than simply a random shooting. Dolph is holding a large amount of cash and the two are standing next to each other at what looks to be a celebration.
Johnson is also said to have a criminal record with the local police. Johnson was jailed in 2017 for reportedly shooting up a Memphis bowling alley, according to a tweet from Akademiks. “A teen charged in the shooting on January 31st at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes in east Memphis has been arraigned,” the paper says. Justin Johnson is still being held in custody on a $250,000 bail. A huge group of people began fighting in the lobby of the lanes at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31., according to police.
“They say 18-year-old Justin Johnson left, got a gun from a car in the parking lot, and returned, firing several times into the bowling alley from the front door. He left in a silver 4-door sedan. Four people were hit or grazed by bullets. All are expected to be okay. A warrant was issued for Johnson for 3 counts of attempted second degree murder, employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and vandalism.”
“We need your help to find Justin Johnson, wanted by @MEM PoliceDept and TBI for 1st Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt-1st Degree Murder, and Theft of Property $10,000-$60,000,” the TBI wrote on Twitter on Wednesday (January 5). He should be regarded dangerous and armed. Do you see him? Call 1-800-TBI-FIND or 901-378-3132.”
Johnson has black hair and brown eyes and is 5’8′′ tall and weighs 190 pounds. On his right arm, he has a tattoo that says “Jaiya.” Since he’s been able to elude authorities for so long, Fox13 Memphis says that law enforcement agencies are offering a combined reward of $15,000 for information leading to his capture. The TBI has added Johnson to its “Most Wanted” list.