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NCSO, U.S. Marshals make arrest in DeKalb kidnapping

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service have made an arrest in a DeKalb County kidnapping.

According to a press release from NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander, Derwin Johnson, Jr. was taken into custody at approximately 3 p.m. yesterday in connection with the kidnapping of a woman from a DeKalb County motel that occurred Thursday.

The victim of the kidnapping was found later by a passerby walking naked along Jack Neely Road and Fairview Road. The passerby notified Newton County 911 and stayed with the victim until law enforcement and EMS arrived.

According to the release, the victim had “several stab wounds and bite wounds on her body and had been hit in the face with an unknown object.” She was transported to an Atlanta area hospital for treatment.

Alexander said Johnson was actively being sought by Marshals and NCSO when he was arrested at his father’s home off of Fairview Road. He is charged in Newton County with aggravated assault and aggravated battery among other charges.

Alexander said there may also be charges pending in other jurisdictions.