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Most Wanted: University Park burglary suspect identified


U.S. Marshals deputies are looking for a burglary suspect who was chased away by an unsuspecting University Park homeowner.

According to police, on the afternoon of May 14, the homeowner arrived at the residence on the 6500 block of 43rd Avenue and found the basement window broken, and a flat-screen television and several credit cards stolen.

Around that time the robber appeared at the house and the homeowner gave chase. Detectives said the man was later caught on camera using the credit cards at several area retailers, including the Target in Greenbelt.

Police have identified the suspect as 23-year-old Markeet Tyrone Johnson, and say he's wanted in a series of burglaries committed by the same crew.

"Johnson seems to be running with a group of young men that are preying on our community," said Matt Burke, supervisory inspector for the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. "Burglaries are a serious crime. They have an emotional impact on the victim, and can turn violent real quickly if the homeowner shows up."

Johnson is described as 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds with dreadlocks. He has a history of arrests for burglaries, theft and drugs in Maryland and Washington.

He has lived in Southeast Washington but frequently hangs out in the area of Prince George's Plaza.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson's whereabouts should call the fugitive task force at 301-489-1717.

Since 2008, The Washington Examiner's "Most Wanted" feature has led directly to the capture or surrender of 52 murderers, armed robbers, kidnappers, sex offenders and drug dealers.

At least nine fugitives were wanted for murder or had previously been convicted of a homicide.