Police search in woods nets arrest

A Jennings County man who missed a court hearing earlier this month was captured by police Tuesday after he was found in a wooded area in Country Squires Lakes.

Floyd Wayne Johnson III, 26, of North Vernon, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear, according to a news release from Lt. Mike Mowery of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnson had been in a wooded area near Almond Avenue for about three hours before he was found and arrested, the news release said.

Johnson had been out of jail on bond on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia stemming from a separate incident March 3, Mowery said in the release.

On May 8, he failed to show up for a court hearing in that case, resulting in Jennings Circuit Judge Jon Webster signing a warrant for his arrest on the failure to appear charge.

About 9 a.m. Tuesday, police said they received information Johnson might be in the Hawthorne Avenue area in Country Squire Lakes and that he also might have a firearm. At that point, county officers, state troopers and members of the state police’s emergency response team set up a perimeter around the area.

Police did not find a weapon on Johnson when they arrested him, Mowery’s report said.

Johnson was booked into the Jennings County Jail and was being held without bond Wednesday.