SONORA — Police arrested a 20-year-old Sonora man on drug charges after a Walmart employee helped thwart his escape attempt, authorities said.
Someone called police at 5:10 a.m. Sunday and reported that Johnny Mobley was inside the Sonora Walmart, according to a news release from Sonora police. Officers had been looking for Mobley, as he has had an active no bail felony warrant for his arrest, on suspicion of possession of drugs, since April.
As officers arrived at Walmart, Mobley took off running through the store. Investigators later learned that someone had tipped Mobley off that officers were arriving at the store, authorities said. Mobley ran through the garden center door and officers started chasing him. Mobley ran around a retaining wall, but when he observed another officer approaching, he jumped back over the same wall.
As another officer started giving chase, a Walmart employee who saw the chase tried to block Mobleys path, forcing the suspect to change direction again. Mobley then cut around some pallets and attempted to double back, but the same employee partially blocked Mobleys path again, which slowed Mobley a second time, authorities said.
Mobley then turned to look at the officer behind him as he tried to jump over a planter box, police said. But Mobley didnt jump high enough to clear the planter and fell to the pavement. When he tried to get up, an officer took him into custody.
Officers found Mobley had 12.1 grams of heroin, with an approximate street value of $1,200, authorities said, adding that he was also in possession of 44 grams of marijuana.
Mobley was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked on two outstanding warrants for his arrest as well as charges of felony possession of narcotics and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.