Phylicia Barnes Case: Police Arrest Michael Johnson A Year After Teen Was Found Dead | Roland Martin Reports

Phylicia Barnes Case: Police Arrest Michael Johnson A Year After Teen Was Found Dead

Source: David Lohr / The Huffington Post

Police in Maryland have made an arrest in the slaying of Phylicia Barnes, a North Carolina teen whose body was found floating in a river after she vanished while visiting relatives in Baltimore.

Michael Johnson was taken into custody late Wednesday night by a Baltimore City Police Warrant Apprehension Task Force. Johnson is reportedly the ex-boyfriend of Barnes’ older half-sister. Authorities have confirmed Johnson’s arrest in Barnes’ homicide, but have yet to comment on any specific charges that have been filed against Johnson.

Barnes, 16, was visiting Baltimore in 2010 when she disappeared during the Christmas holidays. She was last seen on the afternoon of Dec. 28, 2010, at the Baltimore apartment of her 27-year-old half-sister, Deena Barnes. Authorities were immediately suspicious. Phylicia Barnes was a straight-A student who had never been in any previous trouble with the law.

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