Three men have been identified in the September 21, 2023 robbery and attempted murder of a drug dealer. This is a so-called “drug rip,” where someone robs their drug dealer. A drug dealer can’t exactly report the robbery to police. Unless, of course, he is almost murdered. Larry T. Johnson, 19, and Xzarion M. Smith, 18, have been captured and charged. The third suspect, a, Kamarion Richards is still at large. He is considered armed an very dangerous.
According to the criminal complaint, police responded to a shooting on September 21, 2023 at 10:30 pm. Upon arrival, officers found the victim covered in blood and asking the officers to hurry. Police asked him who shot him and he said “Larry Marion.” The victim’s jacket was covered in bullet holes and soaked in blood. It also had 29 grams of marijuana in the inside jacket.
Officers entered the house and found several 9mm shell castings. The victim’s girlfriend told police what she observed. She said that Larry Johnson arrived at the house and soon thereafter pulled out a gun and put it to the back of the the victim’s friend’s head, saying “Give me everything you got!” The victim and Johnson get into a physical fight over control of the gun, which spilled out into the hallway. Johnson then pointed the gun at the victim’s abdomen and fired a shot. Then the victim was on the ground, Johnson stood over him and fired again at his upper-torso. The victim then yelled that he had been shot and needed to get to the hospital.
The investigation concluded that Johnson set up a purchase of an ounce of marijuana from the victim and the robbery was planned. The victim was shot in the collarbone area and face. He had bullet wounds to his clavicle, chin, right shoulder, upper middle back, a shattered jaw bone and a laceration to his forehead. He surived the shooting.
Police located the driver, Xzarion Smith who initially stated he had been home at the time of the shooting. When detectives continued to question him Smith asked for some time to think about cooperating. After giving Smith some time, he then stated, “Alright I’ll tell you, but I don’t want to be in nobody’s paperwork.” Smith then stated that Johnson asked to borrow his car but he does not trust Johnson so he told him no and instead offered to drive him. Smith then stated they picked up a person he knows named, “Monkey” (Richards). Smith stated that he knew Johnson had wanted to borrow Smith’s vehicle to do what he did, “the little sting he tried to pull off but it didn’t go so well.” Defendant Smith stated by sting he meant robbery. Smith then stated he did not know a robbery was going to happen until he heard some shots and that it was not supposed to go like that. Smith stated they picked up Noah and then minutes later he dropped Noah and Johnson off in the alleyway and parked in front of the residence with he and “Monkey” in the car. Defendant Smith stated they then heard some shots and Defendant Johnson ran to the car. Defendant Johnson stated it was not supposed to go like that, and that he went upstairs and there was another dude and girl in there. Defendant Smith then stated that Johnson told him that Noah was the aggressor and Johnson smacked Noah in the face and then shot him twice in the chest and ran. Smith stated that this was basically a robbery over some weed where Noah was the target, but he did not think Defendant Johnson actually got anything. Johnson was taken into custody after a short standoff, where he didn’t respond to officers’ commands.
Johnson’s bail was set at $500,000 cash and Smith’s bail was set at $100,000 cash.