Police dog assists in capture of teen drug suspect

COVINGTON - A Covington teen is facing numerous charges after he was apprehended by police outside a local convenience store last week.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday, Officer Gene Nuqui was patrolling the area of Alcovy Road near the intersection of City Pond Road when he noticed the suspect, Sanchez Khareem Johnson, 17, of 90 Ratliff Drive, walking away from a car parked at a convenience store, the officer said in an incident report.

Nuqui said he then observed Johnson inside the store for a period of time and described his actions as "lingering ... pacing and looking around."

Johnson later exited the store and began walking south on Alcovy Road, at which point Nuqui activated his lights and attempted to investigate Johnson's suspicious actions.

The suspect, however, fled on foot, running in the roadway in front of other vehicles, Nuqui said.

The officer gave chase and eventually deployed his canine partner, Ringo, to apprehend the suspect. Johnson jumped onto the roof of a Ford Taurus to avoid the canine and was taken into custody.

A small plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine, which Johnson allegedly threw down, was recovered from the driver's side of the car. Digital scales were also found in the suspect's front jacket pocket, along with a can of cheese dip.

A shopping bag containing two bags of chips and another can of cheese dip that Johnson allegedly dropped was also taken into evidence.

The convenience store clerk told officers that the suspect had purchased the bags of chips, but not the cheese dip.

Johnson has been charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, shoplifting, obstruction and criminal damage to property.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.