Thomasville man indicted on a charge of rape, burglary

Ramon Lamont Johnson, 37, charged
Apr. 10, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

A Davidson County Grand Jury on Tuesday indicted a Thomasville man on charges of rape and burglary.

Ramon Lamont Johnson, 37, of 716 E. Guilford St., was issued true bills of indictment — two charges of first degree rape, two charges of first degree burglary, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury — in connection to a pair of 2012 sexual assaults against a Chair City woman.

According to documents obtained from the Davidson County Clerk of Courts Office, Johnson is charged with raping a woman on two separate occasions after breaking into her house on Leonard Street. Documents read that Johnson unlawfully and feloniously raped the victim on March 19, 2012, after breaking into her home during nighttime hours. The indictment also included that Johnson attempted to steal money from the victim and threatened her with a knife.

"Typically, we get an investigation report in," said Davidson District Attorney Garry Frank said. "We look at the case and decide if there's probable cause to proceed forward and whether there should be any changes to the charges or charges added."

On April 9, 2012, according to an indictment, Johnson broke into the victim's house again  "with the intent to commit a felony therein, to wit: first degree rape." Johnson also assaulted the woman with a knife, inflicting serious injury, the document said.  

"Under our law, to be prosecuted on a felony, unless the defendant waives it, you have to have a bill of indictment," Frank said. "All felonies go before the grand jury."

Greensboro Police Department arrested Johnson in July and charged him with second degree forcible rape, second degree sexual assault, attempted second degree sexual offense and second degree kidnapping.

Thomasville Police Department Detective Steve Currie said he saw Johnson, a registered sex offender, on the news in January and identified him as a possible suspect.  DNA evidence collected from the scene of a sexual assault in Greensboro matched samples of Johnson obtained in TPD's investigation. Thomasville Police Department arrested Johnson on Jan. 22.

"He matched a very similar general description of our suspect," Currie told the Times following Johnson's arrest. "I went over the case with Greensboro detectives and could not rule him out. We requested the State Bureau of Investigation compare his DNA makeup to evidence we collected. We ended up finding a match."

Johnson was released on parole Aug, 1, 2011, following a conviction in Davidson County for attempted second degree rape and attempted second degree sex offense. Johnson received a maximum sentence of six years and seven months in prison on May 13, 2002.

Johnson, who was issued a $500,000 secured bond in January, is scheduled to appear in court on June 3.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.