Accused thief arrested after bragging about crime to victim’s family

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An accused thief is facing charges after he bragged about the crime to his victim’s family.

Eighteen-year-old Ketario Johnson is charged with aggravated robbery, trespassing, and possession.

Lyrics Smith lives in Tillman Cove Apartments and couldn’t believe the story he heard about one of his neighbors.

Police say Johnson came up to a woman named Mary Davis and started bragging about how he robbed her niece.

“Let me get this straight,” Smith said, laughing. “You rob this girl, and then you go and brag to the auntie about robbing her niece. Do they have him in the police car now so I can real politely have an intelligent conversation with him?”

Police say Johnson showed Davis a handgun in his waistband.

Michael Williams also lives in Tillman Cove and said he thinks that is a prime example of a big problem among Memphis youth.

“We need more leaders to help the young men,” he said. “Guns on the street hurt us.”

Davis went straight to police after Johnson bragged to her, and it didn’t take long for them to find him and arrest him.

Smith said, “He got what he deserved, and she did the right thing. She marched right where she needed to, called police, and let police handle it.”

Johnson will be in court next week.

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