Alabama man wanted for rape arrested at Exeter work site
The Rhode Island State Police Fugitive Crime Task Force on Monday arrested an Alabama man who was wanted on first-degree rape charges.
Allen Dalton Johnson, 23, of Roanoke, was captured at a job site in Exeter, police noted in a press release.
Authorities said he had an outstanding warrant in Alabama, but traveled more than 1,000 miles to Rhode Island, where he was hired by a tree service company to help with storm cleanup after the recent nor’easters.
The arrest, said police, stemmed from an investigation into an incident on March 5, when a man told Narragansett police a tree limb fell on his car as crews were cutting limbs from a tree at the intersection of West Moreland and Walnut streets.
It wasn’t long before Narragansett police identified Johnson as a member of the tree-cutting crew.
“He said he had been working for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Exeter for an unspecified period of time to assist with storm cleanup and he was staying at the Holiday Inn in Warwick,” police noted in the release. “Several days later, Narragansett police learned there was an outstanding warrant for Johnson’s arrest on a charge of first-degree rape from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office in Wedowee, Alabama.”
In a statement later obtained by NBC 10 News, a spokeswoman from the Davey Tree Expert Company said they are investigating the incident internally.
“The safety of the public, our clients and our crews is always of the highest priority,” the spokeswoman said.
Johnson was arraigned on a warrant charging him with being a fugitive from justice. Police said he is expected to be held pending extradition to Alabama.