4 teens arrested in connection to Northside High School student’s death


COLUMBUS, Ga — Columbus police confirm four minors were arrested over the last few days in connection to the death of a 15-year-old boy who was run over by a car in early September.

Motor Squad Sargent Fred Carnes confirms to News 3 the 15 and 16-year-olds were taken into custody, two on Friday and two on Monday. The teens were released to their parents the same day.

Carnes says they were charged in connection to Justin “JP” Johanson’s death. Johanson was a student at Northside High School and police say he was killed on September 4 after a car ran him over while he was lying down in the street.

Carnes says the four new arrests will now include misdemeanor charges for obstruction, minors in the possession of alcohol, and curfew violations. Because of their ages, he says he will not release their names.

Police say 17-year-old Giovanni Montesclaros was also arrested and charged last week.

Montesclaros faces charges for purchasing alcoholic beverages for minors, providing false statements and writings, furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, possessing a false identification document, attempting to purchase alcohol by misrepresenting identity.

Carnes says he will be tried as an adult.

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