After several hours of standoff and negotiation on Thursday, March 22, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested George E. Johnson, Jr., age 30, and took him into custody on a felony warrant of arrest for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and a misdemeanor warrant of arrest for Violation of an Ex-Parte. Both warrants were reportedly issued in Montgomery County.
Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller noted on a Social Media post that the events began when an Audrain County resident reported seeing Johnson in Laddonia late in the morning. Area law enforcement were notified and found that Johnson had left the area. Minutes later, he was spotted driving in Montgomery County by a Montgomery County deputy.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle Johnson was operating and Johnson fled. The pursuit ended at an address in Laddonia, where Johnson entered a family member’s home and hid.
Elizabeth A. Goodwin, age 54, of Laddonia was also arrested for Hindering Prosecution. Goodwin was transported to the Audrain County Jail and was held pending formal charges. She is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A search warrant was obtained and Johnson was located by the Audrain County Sheriff’s K-9, “Chal”, hiding in the crawl space under the home. As he was found, Johnson began threatening suicide with a knife. After hours of negotiation, Johnson was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail by members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the agencies listed below, as well as the Audrain Ambulance District for their help in bringing this to a peaceable end. Members of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Laddonia Police Department were at an address on Locust St. in Laddonia.