Lynn gang member arrested with gun
By Robin Kaminski / The Daily Item
LYNN – A known gang member was plucked from the streets Friday on gun charges and an array of warrants.
Cajou Johnson, 18, of 159A Essex St., Lynn, was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, unlicensed possession of ammunition without a license and carrying a loaded firearm around 8 p.m. Friday.
He was arraigned Monday and was ordered held at Essex County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail until a pre-trial hearing on July 15 at Lynn District Court at 10 a.m.
According to a police report, officers were on patrol in the area of Marianna Street when they observed Johnson standing in front of a home at 250 Chatham St. talking to an unknown female.
Johnson, a known member of the Avenue King Crips, reportedly stopped talking to the female when he saw the police and focused his full attention on them instead.
Knowing that Johnson had several warrants out for his arrest, that he was in possession of a handgun and also that his cousin had been shot while standing in the backyard of 159A Essex St., police approached the area in which Johnson was seen. Police found Johnson walking toward them from an alley on Chatham Street and began to place him into custody, but he appeared very nervous and tried to continue to walk away even while police were holding onto him.
After a short search of a backyard near the alley, police found a black Hi-Point 9mm Luger handgun that was sitting atop a pile of wet branches that was just over a chain link fence. It had rained earlier that day, but police noted that the handgun was dry and was most likely just placed there by Johnson. The gun was later found to be fully loaded.
Johnson was booked on three warrants and the new gun charges.