Suspect in killing of Woodlawn woman arrested in N.J.

Johnson being held on first-degree murder charges in Newark pending extradition

February 24, 2004|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow,Baltimoresun.com Staff

The man authorities were seeking in the murder of a 46-year-old Woodlawn woman was arrested early this morning in Newark, N.J., Baltimore County police said.

Darren Lee Johnson, 42, was being held on first-degree murder charges in the death of Tina Marie Washington, who was found fatally stabbed in her apartment Friday. According to Baltimore County police, Newark detectives took Johnson into custody without incident this morning inside an apartment in the 100 block of Littleton Ave.

County police could not immediately say what information led the Newark authorities to Johnson, described as Washington's live-in boyfriend. He was being held at the Newark Detention Center, pending extradition to Maryland.

Police found Washington's body inside her apartment in the 1000 block of Charing Martin Court after relatives reported that they hadn't heard from her in several days. A warrant was issued for Johnson after he was seen in Washington's 1996 Honda Civic before the discovery of her body. The car was found yesterday in Baltimore.

According to court records, Johnson received a year of probation for drug possession in 1987 and was found guilty of stealing a car in 1986.

Washington worked with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at the Children's Guild in Northeast Baltimore, where news of the killing stunned staff members, said Andrew Ross, Children's Guild president. "She had a tremendously positive influence on the kids here," he said.

Sun staff contributed to this article.

Originally published February 24, 2004, 1:38 PM EST

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