Young Dolph Murder Suspect Identified As U.S. Marshals, TBI & Memphis PD Manhunt Gets Underway

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Memphis, TN – It’s been nearly two months since Young Dolph was shot and killed in his hometown of Memphis. Local police have been struggling to nail down a suspect since his November 2021 murder — until now. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals and the Memphis Police Department are currently on the hunt for 23-year-old Justin Johnson for the fatal shooting of the late Paper Route Empire CEO.

On Wednesday (January 5), the TBI fired off a tweet that asked for the public’s help in finding him: “We need your help to find Justin Johnson, wanted by @MEM_PoliceDept and TBI for 1st Degree Murder, Criminal Attempt-1st Degree Murder & Theft of Property $10,000-$60,000. He should be considered armed and dangerous. See him? Call 901-378-3132 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.”

Johnson is described as 5’8″ and 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo that reads “Jaiya” on his right arm.

According to Fox13 Memphis, law enforcement agencies are offering a combined reward of $15,000 for information leading to his arrest since he’s been able to evade police for so long. Johnson has been added to the TBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Law enforcement claims Johnson has ties to organized criminal gangs and is a threat to society.

Young Dolph was killed at Makeda’s Homemade Cookies on November 17, 2021 as he was picking up baked goods for his mother. The white, two-door Mercedes-Benz believed to be used in the shooting was quickly located and later linked to a double shooting in nearby Covington, Tennessee. But still, police were coming up empty and relying on informants to provide more details in the case.

It should be noted Fox 13 Memphis ran a previous version of the Young Dolph murder suspect arrest story and incorrectly associated a different suspect in this case.