Djanoi Ramgeet, left, and Joshua L. Johnson
Photo: DeKalb jail
Photo: DeKalb jail

Cops: Man chased down, killed after trying to rob DeKalb ‘dope house’

DeKalb County authorities on Friday arrested two men accused of causing the death of their co-conspirator in a “dope house” robbery plot.

Andre Pitts, 22, of McDonough died on Sept. 17 while fleeing the home on Old Covington Highway outside Stonecrest, police records said. Pitts was shot by someone who followed him and his three alleged partners in the robbery attempt.

Joshua Lawrence Johnson, who turned 21 in jail Sunday, and Djanoi Ramgeet, 20, are charged with felony murder in the death. Police charge suspects with felony murder when their alleged actions lead to a death, whether they took part in the death itself or not.

The arrest warrants said the actual shooters were “unknown.”

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Police found the alleged four-man robbery crew in Rockdale County 10 or 20 minutes after they left the house. Pitts and Trevone Moore, 23, had both been shot inside the 1997 Honda Accord, and they were rushed to local hospitals.

The driver, Ramgeet, told police the shooting had happened after an argument during a party at the house. The warrants for Ramgeet and Johnson show that detectives think there was more to the story.

The pair remains in the DeKalb jail without bond.

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