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Attempted robbery, attempted second-degree murder arrest made


FERRIDAY — A Ferriday man wanted for attempting to rob a discount store in February was arrested Sunday.

Darius Johnson, 26, was charged with attempted second-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and a probation violation.

Ferriday Police investigator Richard Madison said Johnson was arrested in Clayton “trying to get out of town and get back to Texas.”

Madison said a person recognized Johnson and called the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office. CPSO deputies assisted in the arrest, Madison said.

Seventh Judicial District Court Judge John Reeves set Johnson’s bond Monday morning at $425,000.

Johnson reportedly attempted to rob the Moose Discount Store on Louisiana Avenue in Ferriday at approximately 11 p.m. Unable to enter the store, Johnson fired a bullet at the door, Madison said. The bullet entered the door and ended up grazing the left forehead of the clerk working inside the store, Madison said. The wound was not life-threatening.

Johnson fled the scene and has been on the loose since then.

Madison said Johnson is no stranger to law enforcement.

“He has an extensive criminal history of violent offenses,” Madison said.

Madison said Johnson is wanted by police in Houston, Texas, for a previous crime.

The case is still under investigation, Madison said.