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Man who was once sought in Realtor's slaying arrested on drug charge

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man once considered a person of interest in last week's slaying of a real estate agent has been arrested on a charge of cocaine possession, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Herman Andre Johnson Jr., 30, was booked into Hernando County Jail on Tuesday. He remained behind bars Wednesday in lieu of $2,000 bail.

According to the arrest report, Johnson called authorities about noon Tuesday and told them that up to 10 men were trying to kill him with assault rifles in a wooded area in the 1100 block of W Jefferson Street.

When a deputy arrived, Johnson was staring into the woods from the south side of Jefferson. Johnson, described as sweaty and restless, insisted that a group of people were coming for him. The deputy said he didn't see anyone in the woods.

Johnson was then taken into custody under the Baker Act and transported to the Harbor Behavioral Health Care Institute. A nurse at the Harbor discovered a plastic bag with 3.4 grams of cocaine that fell from Johnson's pant leg, according to the report.

Johnson was then arrested and taken to the county jail. He has a court date set for Feb. 24.

Last week, Johnson and D'Edward Webster, 22, were sought by authorities investigating the Jan. 20 death of Realtor and appraiser Steven Floyd Van Slyke. Neither of the men was arrested in connection with the slaying, nor are they expected to face charges in that case.

Monty Gregg Albright, a 35-year-old homeless man, was charged Jan. 21 in connection with Van Slyke's death. Johnson and Webster allegedly accompanied Albright on a drug-addled spending spree that was financed by money from Van Slyke's bank account, Brooksville Police chief George Turner said.

Johnson has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests in Hernando on charges of possession and sale of crack cocaine and vehicle theft.

Man who was once sought in Realtor's slaying arrested on drug charge 01/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:29pm]
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