23-year-old man declared wanted for murder of rapper Young Dolph
Memphis police and the U.S. Marshals Service announced the name of a suspect in the shooting death of Young Dolph, the Memphis, Tennessee, rapper who was killed last November.
Justin Johnson, 23, is wanted by police in connection with a number alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder, and property theft, the Memphis Police Department said on Wednesday evening in a release posted on social media.
Police urged the public to share any information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts and disclosed that Johnson is a fugitive and “should be considered armed & dangerous.”
Johnson is 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. A reward of up to $15,000 is being ordered for information leading to his arrest, law enforcement said.
Young Dolph, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot and killed in Memphis on Nov. 17 while visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery in South Memphis that the rapper was known to frequent. He was 36.
According to police, officers responded at 12:24 p.m. local time to the scene of the shooting, where one male victim was found and pronounced dead at the scene.
He had two children, son Tre Tre and daughter Ari, with longtime partner, Mia Jaye.