US Marshals, Memphis Police, Crime Stoppers and TBI offer up to $ 15,000 for wanted man for murder of rapper ‘Young Dolph’

Memphis, TN – The US Marshals Service, Memphis Police Department, Crime Stoppers and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are offering a combined award of up to $ 15,000 for information leading to the capture of a Memphis man wanted for the murder of a Memphis rapper.

Justin Johnson, 23, allegedly shot and killed Adolph Robert Thornton, Jr., 36, known by his entertainment name “Young Dolph” in Memphis on November 17, 2021. During the ongoing investigation, the police department of Memphis issued a first degree murder warrant against Johnson for the felony.

Johnson also has a pending warrant for violation of federal supervised release out of US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The original charge was for a weapon offense.

Both cases were adopted for a fugitive investigation by the United States Marshals’ Violent Fugitives Task Force in Two Rivers. Since the issuance of the murder warrant, the US Marshals and the MPD have searched extensively for Johnson.

Since Johnson managed to escape capture, law enforcement is now offering a combined reward of $ 15,000. The US Marshals offer up to $ 10,000; MPD and Crime Stoppers up to $ 2,500, and TBI up to $ 2,500, as Johnson was added to the TBI’s “most wanted” list.

Johnson is a black male who was born April 10, 1998. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 190 pounds. He has the name “Jaiya” tattooed on his right arm.

Johnson has ties to organized criminal gangs and should be viewed as armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is strongly encouraged to call the US Marshals at (901) 275-4562, (901) 601-1575 or (731) 571-0280. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the
US Marshals Hack App.

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Mark M. Gagnon