FUGITIVE FILES: Convicted Rapist on the run

He moved from Atlanta to our area a year ago and already he is back in trouble with the law.

“Unfamiliar with habits, unfamiliar with people he may socialize with, unfamiliar with hangout spots, we just don’t know,” said Chatham County Sheriff’s Investigator Shania Gardner.

That’s why Chatham County Sheriff’s are asking for help finding Vernon Johnson.

Johnson was convicted of rape in 1985 in Gwinnett County and just moved to Chatham County last year.

The 56 year old last checked in with Sheriff’s SORT team in September. Moved out of his house this fall, and hasn’t been seen since.

“He was no longer living at that address,” explained Gardner. “The landlord didnt know what happened to him. He just all of a sudden left the residence.”

“When he was released from the Coastal Transistional Center he was given a list of regulations and rules he was to abide by. He was given another copy when he was initially came into the sheriff’s office to register. So he’s aware of what he needs to do but he chooses not to do the right thing.”

Vernon Gonzales Johnson is 56 years old 5’9″ tall  about 200 pounds.

He used to live on West Anderson Street, he could be by the Coastal Transitional Center, or maybe even back in Atlanta.

If you can help find Johnson call Savannah-Chatham Crimestoppers anonymously right away at (912) 234-2020.

Remember if you tip leads to an arrest – you could be eligible for a cash reward.
You can send an anonymous tip through the Savannah Crimestoppers website: http://savannahcrimestoppers.org/savannah
just click on the Report Anonymously link.

All information provided to CrimeStoppers is ANONYMOUS and can be reported 24/7.

You can text message CSTOP2020 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). TipSubmit, a Mobile App, can also be used and is available for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets through the App Store.

“Maybe somebody knows him by another name,” said Gardner. “Maybe you know him by that name but he’s changed his look. Anything will help.”

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