Ranaizea Johnson
Ranaizea Johnson

A Neshoba County teenager remains in jail after allegedly assaulting a Philadelphia police officer in the early morning hours last Thursday while officers were serving a warrant at an apartment on St. Francis Drive.

Ranaizea Johnson, 19, of 10341 Road 610, was arrested by Philadelphia police and charged with simple assault on a police officer, a felony, as well as disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and public profanity.

Detective Bobby Pattillo said on Dec. 5, at about 3:30 a.m. an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department was at Hillcrest Apartments at 105 St. Francis Drive attempting to take a female suspect into custody on an outstanding warrant for Deondreal Tyshi Griffin. 

He said that during that attempt, Ranaiza Johnson, who was also at the scene, started to become belligerent and attempted to impede the arrest. 

“She was warned numerous times to step back and not interfere,” Pattillo said. 

According to Pattillo, Johnson continued and the officer decided to arrest her for disorderly conduct, failure to comply. It was at that time police say Johnson struck the officer several times in the face with a closed fist. 

Johnson was taken into custody and subsequently charged with the felony charge and subsequent misdemeanors. 

Griffin, 26, of 256 West Myrtle Street, was arrested on a contempt of court warrant.

The officer’s name is being withheld at this time and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for consideration by the next Grand JuRy, Pattillo said. Bond has been set for Johnson, but as of Tuesday, she remained in the Neshoba County Jail.

Police Chief Julian Greer, who was out of town at a conference, declined to release the police report of the incident to the Democrat, saying the reports include personal information that would have to be blocked out or removed.

“We don’t like to give out reports because they include personal information such as social security numbers that would need to be redacted,” Greer said.