After 10 months' delay, teen arrested in school attack

A clerical error is blamed for allowing a suspect in a locker room attack against a Clayton County high school athlete to stay free for 10 months, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Christian Johnson, 18, was finally taken into custody after she was picked up in College Park in an unspecified incident, and police there connected her with a warrant for her arrest in the January attack on a girl’s basketball player.

The incident involved two female teens allegedly punching and using a stun gun on their victim in the girls’ locker room of North Clayton High School. The other suspect, Teana Patterson, 19, was arrested and charged shortly after the attack.

Warrants were issued for Johnson’s arrest in February on charges of battery, reckless conduct, criminal trespass and disrupting a public school. But the warrants had an address for the suspect different from where she actually lived.

Natalie Johnson, the suspect’s mother, told Channel 2 that the family knew about the arrest warrant, but that “our plan was to just wait until she got her W2s and her income tax.”

Johnson was booked into Clayton County Jail on Monday. At her first appearance court hearing, she was ordered held on bonds totaling $10,000 and to stay away from the school and not have any contact with her alleged victim.

Natalie Johnson said her daughter did not own a stun gun and was not the type of person to harm anyone.

“That’s my baby,” she said. “I don’t want to see her in jail. She’s not that type of person.”