Asheville man arrested for violation of emergency restrictions


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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of violating the state’s coronavirus restrictions by leasing non-essential rentals turned himself in after taunting police on Facebook.

Shawn Thomas Johnson, 34, surrendered Tuesday after Asheville police issued an arrest warrant for him on the social media site. According to The State, an account apparently belonging to Johnson commented on the arrest warrant to ask if he can “get a reward” for telling police about his own whereabouts.

Asheville police had described Johnson as 286 pounds on the warrant, to which Johnson commented that he’s actually 235 pounds. “I’ve lost a bunch of weight,” he said.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Johnson’s real estate license was revoked in 2019 for keeping money belonging to property owners whose rentals he managed. He was also found guilty of counterfeiting by a federal court in 2010.

Police said the renters in the property leased by Johnson complied after they were requested to leave.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WSPA) – A 34-year-old Asheville man is wanted for violation of emergency restrictions after police said he repeatedly leased a short-term rental for non-essential travel.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Shawn Thomas Johnson. Johnson has an open warrant for violation of emergency restrictions. He is described as 6’0″ and roughly 286 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson is asked to call Asheville Police at (828) 252-1110 or Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at (828) 255-5050.

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